Open Data

Areal Extent of Wetlands

Description

The data represents the density of wetland habitat in the agricultural region of Alberta in 2002. Wetlands are depressional areas that are wet for a long enough period that the plant and animals living in them are adapted to, and often dependent on, living in wet conditions for at least part of their life cycle. In drier areas of the province, wetlands tend to be more intermittent, while in wetter areas, wetlands tend to be more persistent. Topography also affects the occurrence of wetlands. Hummocky landscapes allow for pooling of water in depressions, while landscapes with longer slopes (e.g. the foothills) generally have better defined surface drainage patterns. A wetland in influenced by the interaction between the wet area, the wetland margin and upland area.Wetlands provide important habitat for waterfowl and many other types of wildlife. Wetlands reduce the impact of flooding, provide erosion control, purify water by removing sediment and nutrients, and contribute to groundwater recharge. This resource was created using ArcGIS.

Updated

March 10, 2020

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BIOTA BOGS CONSERVATION-AGRICULTURE DOWNLOADABLE-DATA ENVIRONMENT INLANDWATERS MARSHES SWAMPS

Title and Dataset Information

Alternative Title

Areal Extent of Wetlands

Date Modified

2020-03-10

Update Frequency

Irregular

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Forestry

Subject Information

Resource Dates

Date Created

2016-07-13

Date Added to catalogue

2020-04-30T03:19:24.352309

Date Issued

2016-07-13

Date Modified

2020-03-10

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Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Government of Alberta

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca