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Remote Sensing innovation for responsible, sustainable development of Northern natural resources.

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Vision, Mission, Values


Safe, responsible, sustainable development and transportation of Canada`s Northern natural resources


To foster remote sensing innovation and technology commercialization that can support responsible, sustainable Northern resource development and transportation, improve decision-making and land-use planning, and to reduce uncertainties, risk and cost of operations in challenging environments.



LOOKNorth understands that close collaboration among stakeholders in Northern resource development is fundamental to its success, and that working closely with the resource development industry, its various support sectors and the remote sensing (RS) technology sector in particular, is essential to the success of our programs and activities. LOOKNorth is committed to working with industry, federal departments, northern governments and indigenous stakeholder groups to improve the application of RS technology in environmental monitoring in order to support informed decision-making and land-use planning.  

Understanding user needs

Technology is only relevant and viable for adoption if it meets end user needs. Therefore, LOOKNorth is working with various resource development sectors to complete sector assessments to capture relevant information needs, current sources of information and existing gaps that can be supported by RS technologies.


LOOKNorth also promotes the use of remote sensing to fill information gaps for indigenous peoples, governments and all stakeholders in northern resource development, who need appropriate information for decision-making. Given its geographic expanse and comparative isolation, Canada’s North requires innovative monitoring approaches for obtaining relevant information. LOOKNorth works to foster involvement of northern people and businesses in providing RS solutions. The Centre exchanges information with stakeholders through workshops, survey-style consultations and on-the-ground engagement within all northern regions; its ultimate goal is to broaden acceptance and use of RS-based information by all stakeholders.