LuSEE is a transparent, data-centric, and repeatable decision support system for assessing land-use values. It aims to positively support the decision-making process during the development of Alberta’s Regional Plans, which have the potential to significantly impact economics and land-use for all Albertans. As there are many overlapping values within each region, the contribution from each must be considered and evaluated by land-use planners. LuSEE’s easy to understand process and highly visual outputs of landscape-level values are key components to an overall transparent approach for supporting land-use decisions.

LuSEE is an inclusive, collaborative approach involving multiple project partners that are open to involvement from additional stakeholders. It is currently being utilized and has the potential to impact land-use decisions on:

The LuSEE 5 Step Process

The first step is to determine what the major management considerations are in each region.

Typically, this could include:
Environmental Values, Forestry Values, Petroleum and Mineral Values, Agricultural Values, Recreational Values, and Municipal Values

For each of the primary management considerations above, important layers of well-established and widely accepted data are gathered from reliable sources to assess where high values are present.

It is important to ensure that all values are assessed equally. During the values assessment, townships are given a relative ranking for each value to allow for composite rankings and for objective comparisons between different values. By ranking townships on a scale of 1-100, unique values can be compared and contrasted with conflicting values. The higher the value a township possesses, the higher its ranking.

The assessment data can be reviewed on a map, and discussed collaboratively. It is also stored in a database for reporting purposes.

To compare values, they need to be integrated and analyzed to provide a fair and balanced assessment that reflects all land-use interests. There are several different methods for conducting an integrated analysis. An overlapping values map can be used to quickly illustrate the location of high-value environmental values in relation to high-value industrial values. Scenario analysis is conducted to determine the potential impacts of different land-use options (could include: caribou habitat area scenarios, petroleum and mineral operational area scenarios, forest operational area scenarios, a socioeconomic assessment, and/or an economic impact analysis).

When all the analysis and outputs are complete for a region, a final report is produced, summarizing the findings for land-use decision makers to consider.

LuSEE's Strengths