Workshops

 

Location: INRS, 490 rue de la Couronne, Québec, Québec, G1K 9A9

Date: July 11, 2022

Objectives:

The workshops aim to provide participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge about applications of various remote sensing technologies in several domains. These workshops are being presented by remote sensing experts in these areas.

This year, the workshops have a special focus on the Québec remote sensing and geomatics community.

Registration cost is 75$ per workshop


Schedule:
Time Workshop 1 Workshop 2
9:15 -  12:15

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
Prof. M. Kalacska,
McGill University

Radar Remote Sensing
Prof. B. Leblon & Dr. A. LaRocque
UNB

12:15 -13:30 Lunch break
  Workshop 3 Workshop 4 Workshop 5
13:30 - 16:30

Lidar Remote Rensing                       
Prof. R. Fournier
Bastien Vandendaele
U.Sherbrooke

Indigenous Perspectives
Steve DeRoy
The FireLight Group

UAV Remote Sensing
Prof. K. Chokmani      
INRS

16:45 Wrap-up – Presentation of Certificates – Workshop Photo

 

Lecturer Biographies
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Prof. Brigitte Leblon

Prof. Brigitte Leblon is a professor of remote sensing at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. She holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Ph.D. in remote sensing of the École Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (France). She has engaged in geoinformatics and remote sensing research for more than twenty years and has published over 200 refereed publications and 100 other publications. With her students, she won several prestigious awards. Dr. Leblon’s research and teaching offerings proliferated in short order, with course offerings not only in air photo interpretation but also in remote sensing, including optical, thermal infrared, radar and radar polarimetry. Dr. Leblon pioneered the development of online courses in geoinformatics. Dr. Leblon’s online courses are offered not only in English but also in French and Spanish. The courses attract dozens of students from across Canada and around the world, from Japan to France and from the USA to Australia. Dr. Leblon is also very active in university affairs, as the director of TRANSFOR-M, a dual degree Master’s program in forestry and environment between Europe and Canada, which got in 2014 an international award for the most innovative graduate program. She also served as the interim director of the UNB Wood Science and Technology Centre and as the coordinator of the European strategy of UNB. She is a visiting professor at two universities in South Africa and five universities in Europe. She is currently the principal investigator in several international research projects, including one on Kruger National Park. Finally, she is Associate Editor of Remote Sensing and the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing and served as guest editor for several international journals. She is heavily involved in the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, and is the past President of the Society and chair of the Atlantic Chapter.

 

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Dr. Armand LaRocque is a research scientist in remote sensing and GIS at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada, as well as a part-time professor of geology, physical geography and geomatics at the Université de Moncton, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (physical geography) as well as a Master of Science degree from the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, and a Ph.D. degree in geography from the Université de Montréal, Canada. In addition to his geomorphology and his physical geography background, Dr. LaRocque is also a specialist in air photo interpretation, remote sensing, and GIS. He took part in one of the first research projects about the civil use of SAR images in Earth’s surface mapping in Canada, as part of Canada’s first SAR satellite mission (RADARSAT-1). His most recent research focuses on the combined use of SAR images (RADARSAT-2, Sentinel-1, Alos-PalSAR) with optical images (Landsat-5 TM, Landsat-7 ETM+, and Landsat-8 OLI) for land cover, surficial geology, permafrost, and wetland mapping in Canada. He had already published more than 70 refereed publications and conference presentations. Dr. LaRocque is also a good teacher, having taught 23 different courses more than 70 times, both in French and in English. He also co-authored with Prof. Leblon several online courses in geomatics (air photo-interpretation, digital image processing, and geographic information systems) and participated in numerous media interviews.

 

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Prof. Karem Chokmani

Prof.  Karem Chokmani is a full professor in remote sensing and statistical hydrology at INRS (Quebec, Canada). He holds a Ph.D. in geomatics from Laval University (Quebec), a Master's degree in rural engineering from the same university and an engineering degree in rural engineering from INAT (Tunisia). Professor Chokmani works on the development of methods for estimating and monitoring water resources, both at the local and regional scales, to enable the application of remote sensing data and geomatic tools in hydrology. His research interests combine in situ observation methods, statistical modeling, synoptic quality of remote sensing data and the spatial processing capacity of geomatic tools. With a long experience in the development and application of numerical approaches, his team develops analysis and decision support tools applicable to various contexts by using hydroinformatics, geomatics and remote sensing. He has developed several niches of excellence, including hazard modeling and natural risk management. He is the director of the drone environmental remote sensing laboratory (TED).

 

 

 

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Prof. Richard Fournier

Prof. Richard Fournier is a professor at the Department of Applied Geomatics, Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS), Canada. He holds a BSc in Atmospheric physics (UQÀM in 1986), an MSc in Remote Sensing (York University, 1989), and a Ph.D. in geomatics (Université Laval in 1997). He worked at the Canadian Forest Service (1996-2001) before being hired at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he is currently employed. His work focuses on the use of remote sensing and geomatics tools to support forest and land management. Since 2001 most of his research involves lidar to support the development of methods to improve forest inventory or land conservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bastien Vandendaele

Bastien Vandendaele holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in bio-engineering from the University de Liège-Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULG - Belgium) where he specialized in forest and land management. He completed his Master’s degree at the Université de Sherbrooke on the development of methods for the use of terrestrial lidar in forest inventories. Passionate about new digital technologies, he is currently completing a Ph.D. thesis at the Université de Sherbrooke in collaboration with the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute, ULG, and FPInnovations on the use of UAV-based and mobile lidar data in precision forestry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Prof. Margaret Kalacska

Prof. Margaret Kalacska is an Associate Professor in Geography at McGill University. She completed her MSc and PhD at the University of Alberta in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her lab’s research primarily contributes to the advancement of remote sensing applications in environmental science as well as satellite land product evaluation. Her work is mainly focused on hyperspectral imagery acquired by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), and manned airborne systems, with applications to both terrestrial and aquatic environments. She also works with multispectral satellite imagery (e.g. PlanetScope, Landsat, Sentinel-2), LiDAR and thermal imaging for detailed investigations of ecosystems and infrastructure. Her interdisciplinary research is carried out in Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peruvian Amazon, Tanzania, Ghana, Madagascar and West Papua. Most recently, she is one of the five co-PIs of the Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO) – the objective of which is to understand and improve our ability to forecast how Canadian biosystems respond to global change drivers. In the first three years of CABO her lab in collaboration with the National Research Council Canada has successfully acquired and made analysis ready over 200 RPAS and manned aircraft hyperspectral datasets from across Canada. Some of the most recent important research achievements from CABO through her lab include an assessment of full range RPAS hyperspectral imagery in cloudy conditions, the development of 3D hyperspectral point clouds as a new data paradigm, and terrestrial invasive species and submerged aquatic vegetation species mapping from airborne hyperspectral imagery. She is an editor for Remote Sensing, the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation and the Unmanned Aerial Systems section of Frontiers in Remote Sensing.

 

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Steve DeRoy

Steve DeRoy is from the buffalo clan, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux, and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is the co-founder, director and past president of the Firelight Group. Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. Steve is an award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur with expertise in mapping and geographic information sciences, business development, natural resources management, and project management. He has applied his expertise to lead traditional knowledge and use studies for numerous Indigenous groups affected by large-scale energy developments. Since 1998, Steve has mentored Indigenous practitioners, conducted risk assessments, built decision-support systems and monitoring tools, supported land claims, developed best practices, established consultation processes, facilitated community engagement and planning approaches, and supported negotiations between Indigenous communities, governments and industries. Steve is an international speaker and has presented at numerous conferences, university lectures and events. Steve is a board member of the West Coast Environmental Law Association, a board member of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, a board member of the Canadian Urban Institute, an advisory board member of the Institute for Integrative Conservation at William & Mary, an advisor to the Metcalf Foundation, a moderator of the Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies, and a trainer of the Google Earth Outreach Trainers Network.

 

 

Workshops Description

 

Radar Remote Sensing
Prof. B. Leblon & Dr. A. LaRocque
UNB

The workshop will introduce the theory and analysis of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and polarimetric SAR data. The following topics will be included: (i) Introduction to radar (SAR) remote sensing; (ii) Geometric and dielectric considerations and radar backscatter; (iii) Imaging modes of spaceborne SAR systems (e.g., RADARSAT-2, Sentinel-1, ALOS-PALSAR); (iv) Applications of multi-polarized SAR images to agriculture, forestry, sea ice, geology, and the environment; (v) SAR polarimetry; (vi) Polarimetric variable;(vii) Incoherent Target Decomposition (Freeman-Durden, Cloude-Pottier); (viii) Unsupervised classification algorithms based on the H/A/alpha polarimetric decomposition; (ix) Wishart supervised classification; (x) Hybrid classification algorithms (e.g., unsupervised H/A/Alpha-Wishart classifier, Freeman-Lee classifier); (xi) Applications of polarimetric SAR images to agriculture, forestry, sea ice, geology, and the environment. The presentation will also include demonstrations of available SAR data analysis and visualization algorithms, including those in PCI Geomatica and SNAP.

 

 

Lidar Remote Rensing                       
Prof. R. Fournier
Bastien Vandendaele
U. Sherbrooke

This three-hour workshop will introduce the principles of lidar remote sensing, the various lidar instruments available for remote sensing and their main technical specifications, and the different applications using lidar remote sensing. No equations will be presented. 

This presentation is aimed at someone who has heard about lidar remote sensing but has not used data from such a system. No technical background is required, only the interest to be introduced to lidar remote sensing. We assume that all participants are familiar with the basic principles of remote sensing.  Therefore, we will first present the physical principles of lidar remote sensing in order to be able to describe how instruments are designed, including descriptions of airborne (on an airplane and on a drone) and terrestrial systems (on a tripod or mobile). We will briefly introduce the numerous applications of lidar remote sensing to illustrate the flexibility of this technology. Lastly, we will display various lidar datasets to provide a better understanding of the type of information, which can be obtained. 

 

 

UAV Remote Sensing
Prof. K. Chokmani      
INRS

The workshop aims to provide participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge about applications of remote sensing using drone technologies in precision agriculture.

At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to know:

-          The challenges of the agricultural sector and the concept of precision agriculture

-          The technology of drones and their contributions to precision agriculture

-          The workflow process: from the preparation of your drone aerial survey, the flight drone mission to the post-processing.

Practical training session: the participant would be able to choose his appropriate platform and the necessary tools to prepare his drone flight mission and to do the post-processing.