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Remote Sensing Technology Action Plan (RSTAP)

LOOKNorth has partnered with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) to facilitate oil & gas and oilsands sector assessment and to develop and execute a Remote Sensing Technology Action Plan (RSTAP) aimed at fostering the long-term success of the Canadian energy industry through support for remote sensing technology innovation and commercialization.

Specifically, RSTAP combines and focuses the complementary resources of both organizations on identifying information gaps in Canada’s oilsands and oil & gas industries and accelerating development and deployment of remote sensing technologies that can effectively address them.  LOOKNorth and PTAC are collaborating to increase the expertise and financial resources directed to R&D and technology demonstration projects that are directly relevant to the oil sands and oil & gas industries and that have significant potential to increase environmental and human safety or to reduce development timelines, cost, risk and other negative factors.

Through RSTAP, LOOKNorth and PTAC have established a workshop framework through which stakeholders can exchange information with the goal of identifying priority information gaps, as well as technology development/demonstration projects that may address them. To date, the partners have convened three highly focused and productive workshops. The first, Remote Sensing for Remote Resource Development, introduced the RSTAP concept, provided an overview of some current industry-relevant RS-based monitoring and discussed information gathering priorities such as regional air quality, water quality, wetlands, change detection and event monitoring. The second workshop, Remote Sensing for Water Quality Monitoring, focused on the extraction of water parameters from satellite, airborne and in-situ sensors to support hydrological modeling, environmental impact monitoring and compliance assurance.   The third information-gathering event was held in May 2013: the Remote Sensing and Monitoring Forum more broadly examined remote sensing technologies for water quality and quantity monitoring; mammals enumeration; and surface cover, disturbance and reclamation.

The infomation gathered in these workshops technology demonstration project definitions that outline petroleum industry information needs and how remote sensing could address them. These derfinitions are the basis of LOOKNorth's Technology Validation Program (TVP) calls for proposals. Several oil & gas and oilsands relevant technology validation projects are currently underway, co-funded by LOOKNorth.

Further information on active demonstration projects is available here.