InnoTech Alberta is a key partner of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) —an organization designed to track changes in biodiversity on landscapes on a provincial scale. Launched in 2007, the ABMI is the largest biodiversity monitoring program in Canada, using advanced technologies such as cameras, remote sensors, and traditional field sampling to collect data on a wide range of species (plants, mammals, birds, and more) and a diversity of habitats. The ABMI maintains records on more than 3,000 species, some new to Alberta and others new to science. InnoTech is a crucial player in the delivery of the ABMI’s field sampling program and the information collected by this program is crucial in the development of regional and subregional plans, to evaluate the impacts of development and to guide the creation of sustainable use practices that benefit of government, industry, and the public.
InnoTech Alberta is a leader in developing and implementing monitoring programs that use diagnostic indicators to reflect environmental status and change. InnoTech has developed monitoring and assessment frameworks for a variety of receiving environments that align with regulatory needs and stakeholder concerns. Where new technologies (e.g., remote sensing) present opportunities to improve and optimize data collection and analysis, InnoTech has strived to convene technical experts, regulators and industry proponents to leverage such advancements where appropriate.