Join Dr. Michael Wulder as the featured speaker at the annual Doug Little Memorial Lecture.
Dr. Wulder is a senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada who uses remotely sensed and spatial data to study and monitor forests across Canada, over a range of scales, contributing to national and international programs.
His lecture, titled, Sometimes a Crazy Plan Comes Together: How Open Data Unlocked Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring, focuses on how new open access data and computing opportunities are available to researchers in remote sensing technology.
For decades, satellite remote sensing technology has allowed researchers to study, monitor and map forests.
However, the high costs of data and few analytical options have limited the technology’s use for taking inventory and monitoring over large forested areas.
More recently, satellite data at scales that are relevant to forest inventory and monitoring have become available on a free and open access basis.
Decreases in software and computing costs coincided with the open access which has led to the development previously unavailable information products, such as, for the first time, a systemic and consistent depiction of forest harvesting across Canada.
Using a time-series of remotely sensed data has allowed scientists to monitor the return of vegetation (and trees) following a disturbance, providing a more complete picture of forest dynamics.
The Doug Little Memorial Lecture series was initiated in 1996 by the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at UNBC and named for the late J.D. Little. Little, a former executive with Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd., was a founding supporter of UNBC. The lecture series is supported with an endowment from Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited (now Canfor).
You can also watch the lecture on www.unbc.ca/livestream
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