Professor and Chair

Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies

Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6

Office: B350A Loeb
Tel: 613-520-2560


Remote Sensing and Geospatial Research

in Forest, Wetland and Shoreline Habitats

Research Goal : Develop remote sensing and geo-spatial methods for modelling, mapping and monitoring forests, wetlands, and other critical habitat areas such as shorelines at landscape and patch scales. A complementary goal is to improve the science and understanding of the relations of image spectral, spatial, pattern and scale characteristics with vegetation and landscape attributes.

My research focusses on airborne and high resolution satellite (optical and radar) remote sensing, with additional larger area studies using moderate resolution imagery such as SPOT and Landsat.

Example current projects:

  • Landscape indicators and agri-environmental policies for biodiversity enhancement on agricultural lands (NSERC Strategic Grant 2009-13 with GLEL co-directors (see below) and several PDFs (D. Duro, J. Girard, J. Pasher, A. Smith). Includes modeling of landscape heterogeneity metrics derived from imagery and land cover maps against biodiversity for various taxa.
  • Multi-scale wetland and land cover mapping (PhD project, L. Dingle Robertson). Collaboration with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 
  • Arctic tundra biochemical modelling using hyperspectral data (PhD project, B. Kennedy). Collaboration with the National Wildlife Research Centre. 
  • Wetland mapping in Ethiopia (MSc project, P. Dubeau)

Example Powerpoint presentations of recently completed projects (see also 'Research' and 'Papers' tabs above)

Recent Research  funds: Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery and Strategic Grants, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada National Wildlife Research Centre, and Carleton University.

Geomatics-Landscape Ecology Laboratory (GLEL) for Research in Support of Species Conservation:
A facility developed in 2004 for over 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting colleagues co-directed with Lenore Fahrig (Biology), Scott Mitchell (Geography and Environmental studies) , and Kathryn Lindsay (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Canada ). It includes state-of-the-art workstations, geospatial analysis software, map production equipment, an airborne digital camera system with spectroradiometer, field vehicles, satellite remote sensing data, etc. Funding was provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, The Hamlin Family Fund (donation), Environment Canada, and Carleton University.