Terrestrial Ecosystem Data Standards & Guidelines

Find provincial standards and guidelines for terrestrial ecosystem information projects: 

BEM/BEI use the following classification systems to subdivide the landscape into mapable units:

BEM projects follow The Standards for Broad Terrestrial Ecosystem Classification and Mapping For British Columbia: Classification and Correlation of the Broad Habitat Classes used in 1:250,000 Ecological Mapping (PDF) 

TEM is recommended for ecosystem mapping at scales of 1:5000 to 1:20 000, the methodology laid out in the Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in British Columbia (PDF).

Standards and guidelines regarding digital data format requirements for submitting TEM data to the Province are detailed in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Digital Data Submission Standard – Draft for Field Testing: Database and GIS Data Standards (PDF)

If the project includes a bioterrain component review:

TEM uses the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system to identify ecosystems, and field data is collected using Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems – 2nd Edition (PDF).

PEM is recommended for ecosystem mapping at scales of 1:20 000 to 1:50 000, the methodology laid out is the Standards for Predictive Ecosystem Mapping: Inventory Standard (PDF)

Standards and guidelines regarding digital data format requirements for submitting PEM data to the Province are detailed in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Digital Data Submission Standard – Draft for Field Testing: Database and GIS Data Standards (PDF)

For the terrain components reference:

PEM uses the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system to identify ecosystems, and field data collected for PEM in British Columbia is collected following the protocols laid out in the Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems – 2nd Edition (PDF)

Sensitive Ecosystems Inventories in B.C. follow the provincial Standard for Mapping Ecosystems at Risk. It outlines the recommended process as well as potential considerations for SEI project planning.

  • Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems – 2nd Edition (PDF)
  • The FS882 forms (PDF) (pages 1-4, 2011) are used to record site, vegetation, soils, terrain and tree mensuration information in the field.
  • The FS882 forms (PDF) (pages 5-8, 1998) are used to record wildlife habitat assessment, tree attributes for wildlife, and coarse woody debris.
  • The Site Visit form (SIVI) (PDF) is used to record the basic site, vegetation, soil, and terrain information to a BEC site series determination from a quick field inspection. Polygon attributes (for up to three components) could be recorded in the comments field or use the GIF form below.
  • The Ground Inspection Form (GIF) (PDF) is used to record the basic site, vegetation, soil, and terrain information to support a BEC determination of site series from a quick field inspection of a polygon, and to capture polygon mapping information (i.e. up to 3 components within the mapping polygon).

Assessing the thematic accuracy of each individual mapping project is a key component in determining appropriate interpretative uses of the data. It's critical to assess the thematic accuracy of individual mapping projects prior to the use of project data for interpretations that extend beyond the intent of the original project objectives.

There province has adopted a standard procedure for the accuracy assessment of ecosystem mapping.

Ecosystem mapping used in timber supply applications, must meet a set of minimum map accuracy standards. 

All accuracy assessments must be submitted to the province according to Data Capture Standards (PDF)

 

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