Mountain Legacy Project

Capturing change in Canada's mountains

Mountain Legacy Project

Capturing change in Canada's mountains

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About Mountain Legacy Project

The Mountain Legacy Project explores changes in Canada’s mountain landscapes through the world’s largest collection of systematic high-resolution historic mountain photographs (>120,000) and a vast and growing collection of repeat images (>8,000 photo pairs). Find out about our research and how we turn remarkable photos into real-world solutions for understanding climate change, ecological processes, and strategies for ecological restoration. Read more

Eric Higgs, PhD

Director
Office phone:
250-721-8228

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Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

Fieldwork in a time of COVID-19 Part 1: Crowsnest Pass

by Sonia Voicescu, November 24, 2020 With the arrival of the first COVID-19 cases in Canada in late January, and ensuing months of self-isolation and restrictions, a dark cloud of uncertainty reigned over the MLP’s summer fieldwork plans. Our expectations quickly...
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Black Rock Fire Lookout: Legacies and Looking Ahead

Photo taken by Surveyor J. J. McArthur in 1889. View west from Black Rock Fire Lookout towards Devil's Head Mountain (centre of photo). By Kristen Walsh, November 4 2020 In 1889, as part of the Rocky Mountains Park and Coalfields Survey, Surveyor J. J. McArthur and...
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Athabasca Glacier and the Visualization Power of Photography

Athabasca glacier – the most visited glacier in North America – is rapidly receding. An analysis inspired by family history outlining the power of photography as a tool for understanding landscape change.

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Drawings from the Field

By Cassandra Buunk, August 19th, 2020 There is a little box on the bottom right hand side of the Mountain Legacy Project field note sheets that I took as an invitation to sketch the landscape. I took every opportunity to sketch the mountains in our 2019 field season....
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Mining, Memories, and Mountains

by Sonia Voicescu, July 14, 2020 Have you ever come across towns whose very presence on the landscape hint at multiple stories and complex histories? Perhaps it’s the façade of a particular building that doesn’t quite fit with the more modern design of its neighbours....
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Introducing “A century of high elevation ecosystem change in the Canadian Rocky Mountains”

By Mary Sanseverino, June 23, 2020 Just last week on June 16 two intertwined articles, both about landscape change in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, came out. Both were published under the auspices of the Nature Research family of journals, one of the world's leading...
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When the cat’s away: Wildlife’s response to human self-isolation due to the pandemic

Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, originally published on Science Borealis, reposted with permission Currently, self-isolation is the norm for people all over the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you’ve been staying home, you’ve been justifiably...
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Following their footsteps: Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement

By Kristen Walsh and Mary Sanseverino. With Rick Arthur, Winston Delorme, Bill Snow, and Rob Watt. May 12, 2020. MOUNTAINS make up one quarter of the Canadian land mass. They have been home to a vibrant diversity of Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years. In this...
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Time Travel: The Portal from Library and Archives Canada

by Alina C. Fisher & Sonia Voicescu Two weeks ago, we got to experience time travel. It wasn’t the thing of movies, where we sat in a time machine, amongst flashing colours and futuristic noises, which brought us to a stunning landscape we had never seen...
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Heeding Mountain Hazards

Whether it’s mountain-work, fieldwork or play … acknowledge the environment you find yourself in, and take heed of its hazards. Check out how MLP teams practice personal responsibility, self-care, open communications, and situational awareness in the mountains.

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The Collection

A vast collection of historical mountain photographs created between 1861 and 1958 by surveyors establishing national and provincial boundaries, creating topographic maps, and exploring geological resources

Repeat Photography
Starting with a series of historical digital images, we puzzle out the exact location of the original surveyors. This is the first step in a chain of complex arrangements that places a repeat photography crew on a mountain summit or ridge… read more

MLP Works

Since its beginning in 1996 MLP Works has provided access to the publications, articles, media, and other scientific and creative products generated through use of MLP techniques and images.

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Explore

Explore is a map-based search tool designed to allow anyone with a modern web browser to view, compare, and download MLP’s vast collection of historic and repeat images.

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Analysis

Every image pair can be explored in depth with the Image Analysis Toolkit. IAT supports side-by-side image visualization, including categorization, annotation, scaling, cross and wipe fades, classification statistics, and more.

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“In much of the Canadian west these are the first images of these landscapes and a vital baseline for studies of change over the last century. They are invaluable to conservation projects that seek to understand and/or restore pre-settlement landscapes and their dynamic ecosystems.”

Brian Luckman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography

University of Western Ontario

“In much of the Canadian west these are the first images of these landscapes and a vital baseline for studies of change over the last century. They are invaluable to conservation projects that seek to understand and/or restore pre-settlement landscapes and their dynamic ecosystems.”

Brian Luckman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography

University of Western Ontario

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