Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Thank You Bill Freedman

October 28, 2015

It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015.…

AGM 2015 Recap

June 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24th at the…

Conference Thanks

June 2, 2015

One month ago today we opened the first Sable Island Conference. It was exciting to…

B-4: “Enabling High-Precision, Position Monitoring of Sable Island through the Nova Scotia Coordinate Referencing System” – Jason Bond


Since the 1960s, the Province of Nova Scotia has carried a mandate of providing spatial referencing infrastructure for its citizens. This infrastructure is known as the Nova Scotia Coordinate Referencing System (NSCRS) and allows property, engineering works and natural features to be spatially related within the Province (including Sable Island).

Traditionally, thousands of survey monuments have provided access the NSCRS for surveying and engineering work. Of the original 23,000 monuments installed in the 1970s and 80s, many have been destroyed. In the case of Sable Island, most have been enveloped by sand and the sea.  In 2013, the Province began implementing a modernized strategy for delivering spatial referencing services to its citizens using permanent GPS stations. One of these stations was installed at Main Station on Sable Island in June of 2014.

The GPS infrastructure has already had a positive impact by:

  1. Allowing for preliminary position trends (e.g. settlement) to be quantified with millimeter level accuracy at Main Station;
  2. Enabling LiDAR and aerial photography surveys to be consistently referenced within a global coordinate system; and
  3. Allowing natural features to be quickly measured with millimeter level accuracy and consequently enabling long term, position trends of these features (e.g., Bald Dune) to be determined on a go-forward basis.