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 at this link. The video only 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

Credit Valley Conservation

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your work on the Brampton “Pond 10 Floating Islands Research Project”. This project was a “first of its kind” within our watershed.

Greenland was responsible for preparing the design brief for the islands that provided details on the anchoring system design, safety considerations and a strategy for establishing a vegetation community among other things. This was a challenging project given that there was no pre-established process to follow and therefore we were defining the design and implementation process from scratch.

Greenland was always very responsive when issues arose and helped us troubleshoot options to solve the issue. They refined the design brief and assisted CVC with implementing improved anchor designs that have been successful in keeping the islands stable over the past few years even though some extreme weather events.

We were very pleased with the consulting services Greenland provided for this project.

Phil James, P.Eng.
Manager, Watershed Protection and Restoration
Credit Valley Conservation

March 14, 2014
 

Town of The Blue Mountains

On behalf of the Town of The Blue Mountains, we would like to thank you and your organization for your specialized technical support in a peer review capacity over the past four years… Your team not only provided timely review of all drainage related features of development applications but introduced updated municipal design criteria addressing changing climatic conditions. By unraveling the weather factors that impact snow melt potential, your team has helped the Town better understand how to be proactive in developing sustainable infrastructure.

Your team’s support assisted in keeping Town’s development projects moving forward efficiently. In addition to this, the review and introduction of updated municipal design criteria and construction standards addressing changing climatic conditions, continues to ensure the Town of The Blue Mountains fulfills its mandate for sustainable development.

Reg Russwurm MBA, P. Eng.
Director of Engineering and Public Works
Town of The Blue Mountains

February 3, 2014
 

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
 

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