Environmental Research Inc.

We map, monitor, and assess environmental change


NextGen Environmental Research Inc. is a Canadian-owned environmental research and development company that maps, monitors, and assesses environmental change using satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s/drones), and acoustic remote sensing technology on land, water, and ice.


About NextGen

At NextGen, we care about environmental change as much as you do. And that is why we strive to understand spatial and temporal change using innovative state of the art technology. Our knowledge and multidisciplinary experience builds information that simplifies your monitoring needs and improves decision making. 

We are different because we accept that change is common, and monitoring it is important. 


We map and monitor spatial and temporal change using:

We assess spatial and temporal change using:


Lake Winnipeg BloomFinder!

algal advisory service - year two

Algal blooms amidst turbid water masses sourced from the prairies to the south and the optically darker water from Precambrian Shield to the east, in the South basin of Lake Winnipeg, August 14, 2017. Credit: ESA.

Algal blooms amidst turbid water masses sourced from the prairies to the south and the optically darker water from Precambrian Shield to the east, in the South basin of Lake Winnipeg, August 14, 2017. Credit: ESA.


Algal blooms influence our lives on the lake.

We aim to improve the understanding of the eutrophic and dynamic character of Lake Winnipeg by the public.  By doing so, we envisage and hope to enable an adaptive user community that can make the most of our great lake.

BloomFinder is all about locating the algal blooms in the south basin and making that information available for people to make informed decisions about their planned activities on the lake. The BloomFinder project combines high resolution satellite imagery and social media. Satellite images show where the algal blooms were recently, and beach or boat users can provide real-time updates on the algae on your beach or watersport area using NextGen’s BloomFinder social media group.

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My Landplan

For our land clients - year two


My LandPlan is a subscription advisory service for growers, progressive agronomists, and like-minded Ag industries that provides precise information on your arable land and the health of your crops. "The Plan” is different – we offer a scalable and adaptable modernization service that can improve the precision of your operations, while taking care to minimize encumbrance to your existing work.  We work with you, and your trusted partners, to provide information solutions that help improve your bottom line.

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My LandPlan is a service for precision agriculture and provides information to help growers modernize farming practices. Credit: ESA.

My LandPlan is a service for precision agriculture and provides information to help growers modernize farming practices. Credit: ESA.


Introducing for 2019

Lake Ice Hazard Advisory Service

NextGen just successfully completed a Lake Ice Hazard mapping project funded by the Canadian Space Agency using RADAR satellites, drones, and lake ice validation data on 84 lakes, including the complex ice cover of Lake Winnipeg.

A new subscription service for 2019, the Lake Ice Hazard Advisory service provides near real-time ice information via the internet and your cell phone to advise on hazards including open lake ice freeze up dates, lakes with delayed ice covers, and early ice movements and leads which create variable ice thickness. We have developed unique technology for identification and monitoring the growth of pressure ridges. Ridges form extensive barriers to travel, are sites of vehicle collision, and an early spring immersion hazard. We also developed techniques for discriminating between pressure ridges and rubble ice before and after Melt Onset to plan routes through or avoid rough ice hazards.

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Data Powered Insight


Take Advantage of Timely High Resolution Data

Imaging approaches today can turn data into information and this insight into meaningful actions.  Recent advances in remote sensing technology have largely removed many of the barriers that prevented their operational use. Today, satellites and low-altitude UAV’s provide affordable and timely high-resolution data using sensors that are known to deliver results.

Use high resolution data to direct your crop scouting, assess acreage loss due to standing water,  monitor crop health, and with our partners, spray selectively by UAV. 








Experience and Knowledge
Sets Us Apart

Land & Shore, Water & Ice, Species Habitat, Climate

Turn Insight Into Information

In a time of UAV proliferation, it is important to recognize few UAV operators are trained in remote sensing, GPS surveying, and the field of application. There are even fewer UAV companies with a history longer than several years. These are the signs of a challenging marketplace for the consumer that has a choice to make.

NextGen’s interdisciplinary knowledge in remote sensing and surveying on land, water, and ice has been earned through activities in R&D and industry over the last 20+ years in temperate, tropical, and sub-arctic environments. Our experience enables us to leverage the appropriate combination of technology to the sectors and projects of benefit.  Our insight can turn your interest into information, and at industry leading pricing. We invite you to call us and discuss your project.



In the news...


November 23, 2018. The Canadian Space Agency invited NextGen to the headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency to participate in the National Forum on Earth Observation at the John H. Chapman Space Centre, in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Three days of discussions combined perspectives from Canadian space stakeholders from industry, academia and government to jointly articulate a forward-looking national vision for space-based EO in Canada.  CSA also unveiled the “Smart Earth” EO support program. More here.

November 5, 2018. NextGen and Strategic Community Consulting, Winnipeg, announce plans for senior level collaboration on clean tech/R&D projects. NextGen welcomes the opportunity to work with Strategic. NextGen and Strategic are like-minded companies that seek innovation and have many complementary skills and approaches. Our discussions with Dr. Hank Venema, the Chief technology Officer at Strategic and former Director of two key programs at IISD, have been both grounded and riveting. “It is truly exciting when things start-out like this - our combined efforts are sure to bring novel solutions in R&D and clean environmental technology”, said NextGen president, Dr. Paul Cooley.

June 15 - Of the 12 companies funded in the Canadian Space Agency's Earth Observation Application Development Program competition, NextGen's study was very fortunate to be selected and featured on their website! Click here to check it out!

May 10 -  After 39 UAV flights in three study areas and 14 RADARSAT-2 overpasses our EOADP field work is complete! Check NextGen's surveys out on Facebook and Twitter, and watch for a link to a page on the project here!

January 23, 2018 - NextGen Environmental Research Inc. proposal selected for funding by the Canadian Space Agency,  Earth Observation Application Development Program, Multi-Satellite integration. NextGen to use radar and optical satellite data with UAV-based thermal imaging to study hazards to lake ice travel on Lake Winnipeg, spring 2018 - stay tuned!

January 10, 2018 - Western Canada Crop Production Show, Saskatoon. Huge interest in the use of UAV's for crop health mapping, field elevation mapping, and selective variable rate spraying by UAV. You may have seen NextGen and Roga Drone Inc. with some UAV's on:

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