Locating, repeating, and analyzing 1911 - 2011/12 images from Mt. Robson Provincial Park
The Mountain Legacy Project (MLP) is an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on exploring change in Canada's mountain environments. Utilizing over 120,000 images taken by land surveyors from 1861 - 1953, MLP field teams seek to re-photograph these images as accurately as possible and make the aligned historic / modern pairs available for further exploration. MLP researchers also design, deploy, and utilize visualization software to analyze and describe change (and similarities) in the image pairs. Anyone with a modern web browser can access the images and utilize MLP's visualization tools.
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In 1911 a survey of the Mt. Robson area was undertaken by a team led by Arthur Wheeler - land surveyor, map maker, and mountaineer. As part of the process 237 images of what is today's Mt. Robson Provincial Park were captured on glass plate negatives.
In 2011 / 2012 MLP field teams went into the Park and rephotographed 22 of these images. As part of the Living Labs Program, MLP proposes to leverage both the historic images and the repeat pairs to demonstrate landscape level change in Mt. Robson Provincial Park. Figure 1 is an excellent example of landscape level change across a century in the Park.
The research includes the following: