Field sampling approaches on seismic lines: A comparison between circular plots and belt transects

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Caren Jones , Angeline Van Dongen , Jill Harvey , Dani Degenhardt

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Extensive in-situ oil exploration is conducted in the Boreal forest, marking the landscape with an expansive network of seismic lines. These linear features fragment woodland caribou habitat and collectively result in the loss and degradation of ecosystem services associated with the removal of forest cover. Recently, research has been initiated to evaluate the success of restoration treatments (e.g., mounding, stem bending and tree planting) and the effects of confounding influences (e.g., fire and forestry activities).  The objective of our study was to test two seismic line monitoring data collection methods: circular plots and belt transects. Both of these sampling approaches are used or recommended in scientific literature and the Provincial Restoration and Establishment Framework for Legacy Seismic line in Alberta. We aimed to determine the best method for accurately and efficiently capturing site conditions on seismic lines, and to assess if the datasets gathered using each approach yielded similar results.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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