By Jean Thie. Former Director and Director General of the Lands Directorate, Environment Canada responsible for the Canada land Inventory (CLI), the Canada land Use Monitoring Program (CLUMP) and the Canada Geographic Information System-CGIS.
The Canada land Use Monitoring Program was started in 1978 to systematically monitor Land use change in Canada following the completion of the the Canada Land Inventory (CLI). The CLI, in addition to land capability for agriculture, forestry, wildlife (waterfowl and ungulates) and recreation, mapped 'present' land use between 1966 and 1976. The CLUMP program, part of the Lands Directorate of Environment Canada, continued this mapping on a 5 year cycle until 1988.
CLUMP made extensive use of the Canada Geographic Informations System (CGIS) for its analysis of land use change. Some of the Digital files (original scale 1: 50'000) are still accessible through the Geogratis FTP site of Natural Resources Canada:
The monitoring components of CLUMP are visualized in Figure 1 below: