Gatineau, June 6, 2017 - CartoVista, a leader in the development of interactive web mapping applications, is pleased to announce the implementation of an extensive interactive mapping and analysis web platform for coastal risks and integrated coastal zone management. This major project conducted in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), is a tool for analyzing and sharing knowledge on the coastal environment and supporting the decision-making on sustainable management of maritime Québec. Phase 1 of the project will be completed in the coming months, while the full range of functions allowing interactive mapping will be operational in September 2018. Furthermore, the Réseau d’observateurs sur le milieu côtier (the Network of Observers on the Costal Environment), which will be given a makeover during the summer of 2017, will develop applications on mobile devices. 

In the context of climate change, costal hazards, like the big storm of December 30, 2016, which caused damage to the shores of Eastern Québec, can have negative social, economic and ecological repercussions. In its endeavour to implement sustainable adaptation tools and solutions for coastal municipalities of eastern Québec, UQAR’s Laboratoire de dynamique et de gestion intégrée des zones côtières (LDGIZC) is undertaking this web platform development project to improve coastal land protection and planning. “This web platform was identified as a priority tool by municipal and MRC professionals, as well as regional organizations and members of the First Nations at 17 workshops held in each of the MRCs of Eastern Québec during the winter of 2017,” states Pascal Bernatchez, Costal Geoscience Research Chair.

With the aim of making coastal communities and ecosystems less vulnerable to erosion, LDGIZC researchers have mapped maritime Québec’s coastal ecosystems and have documented the entrenchment space they dispose of. By transposing this data collected cartographically and in the form of graphs and interactive tables, CartoVista will allow parties involved to carry out complex spatial analyses of the changing of the shoreline.

“Thanks to the user-friendly web-based interface promoted by CartoVista, this interactive platform project provides a flexible and powerful solution for viewing coastal area maps and data with great ease,” says Dany Bouchard, CartoVista President. The information compiled will allow for the strategic data to be fully taken advantage of and its geographical aspect to be exploited to its maximum potential. Designed by the CartoVista team, the whole project is adapted to the many specific needs of the ministries, regional organizations, coastal municipalities and UQAR researchers. The goal? Facilitate the understanding of the results and the choice of short, medium and long-term adaptation solutions to climate change for researchers, specialists, decision makers and administrators. 

Dany Bouchard
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