The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System (THREATS™)

In September 2017, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. (GREENLAND®) completed the next evolution of “The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System” (aka THREATS™).
 
The development of this Internet open data and open source GIS platform began less than a year ago. It was also inspired from research funded by the Canadian Water Network and prototype development. Thereafter, GREENLAND® secured source code / development rights and initiated the latest platform. GREENLAND® sincerely thanks the Government of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC - IRAP) for support in developing this version of THREATS™.
 
The platform includes a cumulative effects assessment and adaptive management focus and can be used to develop related policies. THREATS™ can serve as a cost-effective tool for watershed planning, land use planning and help researchers at colleges and universities. THREATS™ can be customized to include client proprietary databases and address specific stakeholder / geographic needs of Indigenous communities, government agencies and resource industries. Further development phases will be initiated this year for other Canadian regions and export (global market) opportunities, as well as linking western-science with Indigenous knowledge to address cumulative basin impacts and climate change concerns.



A demonstration video (with audio) and sample applications in Alberta and Ontario can be seen above. The video introduces just a few (of MANY possible) applications that can access real-time and open data, as well as an extensive library of climate and watershed monitoring databases with science-based modeling and statistical analysis functions. The available THREATS™ platform (now active via the Internet for use in Alberta and Ontario) includes:
 

  • A state-of-the-art database architecture designed to efficiently store / retrieve monitoring data from multiple monitoring stations, sampling events and contributing parties;  
 
  • Advanced statistical trends analysis;   
 
  • Dynamic updating of a user’s analyses and as new data is added;
 
  • Web accessibility for searching, plotting, mapping, preparing reports and adding data with a dashboard interface for managing and responding to environmental trends; and, 
 
  • Real-time ability to support a tier transition / triggers exceedance management approach, while also being able to support proactive risk mitigation practices and procedures.


“Check out this (Greenland) video of THREATS (an open-source cumulative effects assessment tool to help direct environmental management (industrial or other)) and/or planning of future projects. It enables the compiling and juxtaposition of public environmental data (including, but not limited to, wildlife use areas and environmental quality data) with on-site or "targeted" environmental data. For security, the provision to include data protected behind a firewall exists to enable analysis and comparison of potentially sensitive data in the context of other datasets. The goal here is to allow for predictive capability and in turn mitigate potential effects. Equally, this provides a capacity to enable retroactive assessment (investigation of cause) of observed changes. The ability to spatially interpret stressor/pathway/receptor data, and conduct analyses within the tool, while retaining data in its original database (secure) is what is truly unique here. Excited to see what can be achieved with this powerful platform in areas where it has already begun to be used!

- Neal Tanna
Advisor, Monitoring and Risk Assessment
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)
November 3, 2017


For more information about THREATS™, licensing details or participating in a future webinar demonstration, please contact Greenland.THREATS@grnland.com
 
We would also welcome opportunities to further develop THREATS™ for specific client needs and with other teams that have complimentary information technology services. 


Client Testimonials

Town of Innisfil

I would like to congratulate Greenland Consulting Engineers on winning the 2012 Consulting Engineers of Ontario Environment Award of Excellence. The award recognizes your work on the Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School construction project with the Simcoe Country District School Board. This is a well deserved honour and is a reflection of both the caliber of your work and your team.

I continue to be impressed with your company’s commitment and innovation in the field of sustainable development. You have set an excellent example for others throughout Simcoe County  and the Province of Ontario.

John Skorobohacz
Chief Administrative Officer
The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil

May 1, 2012
 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In March of 2013, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. completed a study for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to estimate nutrient loading in small catchment of about 177 square kilometers in the La Salle River watershed in southern Manitoba using the CANWET 4 model. Given uncertainties in some input data and model parameters, the preliminary results using the CANWET 4 model for baseline conditions of stream discharge, nutrient concentrations and loads were satisfactory in our project team as simulated values were within the range of observed values during the validation period.

This study suggests the CANWET 4 modeling approach could be used to predict changes to nutrient loads from changing land use scenarios in watersheds of this region.

Jason Vanrobaeys
Senior Land Resource Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

City of Toronto

Mayor David Miller and Members of Toronto City Council extend appreciation to Greenland Group of Companies for your outstanding contribution to the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Group. As a participant of the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Board, you have contributed tremendously to its leadership role on climate change and helped support the development of the Toronto Green Roof By-law.

This initiative, the first of its kind in North America, sets the standard in designing sites and buildings across the city that are more environmentally friendly, a key strategy in reducing the effects of climate change.
 
We thank you for helping our city achieve its vision and goals on climate change – it is this kind of collaboration that makes us proud, prosperous and successful.

Best wishes for continued success.

David Miller
Mayor
City of Toronto

May 2010
 

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