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Forest Monitoring - Session 3

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Breakout 2
Thursday, September 12, 2024
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
WSP Room

Speaker

David Harding
Emeritus
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Concurrent Artificially-intelligent Spectrometry and Adaptive Lidar System (CASALS): A New Capability for Monitoring Forest Structure and Function from Space

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Abstract

Biography

David Harding is an emeritus member of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has 30 years of experience developing and utilizing advanced airborne and spaceflight laser altimeter systems, in particular for characterizing forest canopy structure. He was the NASA representative to the Puget Sound Lidar Consortium which conducted one of the first large-area ALSM projects. He has been the science lead for several NASA airborne lidars that established new measurement capabilities including SLICER, SIMPL and most recently CASALS. He has also contributed to the SLA, ICESat and ICESat-2 spaceflight lidar missions.
Ms Karimon Nesha
Phd Candidate
Wageningen University

An Assessment of Recent Peat Forest disturbances and their Drivers in the Cuvette Centrale, Africa

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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Biography

Karimon Nesha, a final-year PhD candidate at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, holds an MSC in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente. Her PhD research focuses on progressing the use of earth observation and national in-situ data for forest emission monitoring. Today’s presentation on "An assessment of recent peat forest disturbances and their drivers in the Cuvette Centrale, Africa" is part of her PhD work, currently under review for publication in the journal of Environmental Research Letters. In her research, she analyzed recent peat forest disturbances and their direct drivers from 2019 to 2021 in Cuvette Centrale, spanning the Republic of Congo (ROC) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is now going to deliver a comprehensive overview of her findings.
Dr Koreen Millard
Assistant Professor
Carleton University

A remote sensing analysis of fire selectivity and behaviour in peatlands over the extreme 2023 fire season

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Biography

Dr. Koreen Millard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Her research uses multi-source remote sensing for monitoring and mapping peatlands (open, treed and forested).
Dr Marcos Benedito Schimalski
Associate Professor
Santa Catarina State University

Extracting Ecological Variables from The Brazilian Atlantic Forest Using UAV Images

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Biography

He holds a degree in Cartographic Engineering from the Federal University of Parana (1997), a master's degree in Geodetic Sciences from the same institution (2001), and a doctorate in Geodetic Sciences obtained in 2009. Currently, he serves as an associate professor in the Forestry Engineering department of the Agro-Veterinary Sciences Center at the University of Santa Catarina in Lages, where he contributes to both graduate and postgraduate programs. His professional endeavors encompass extensive research and university extension projects within the realms of Geodetic Sciences and Forestry. His primary focus lies in the exploration of geographic information systems, remote sensing/digital photogrammetry, GNSS, geo-relational databases, and machine learning applications. Beyond academia, he actively engages as a consultant, offering expertise in various domains including digital cartographic compilation, digital image processing, digital photogrammetry, customization, and implementation of geographic information systems (GIS), GISWeb, as well as rural property georeferencing.
Dr Dingfan Xing
Postdoc Research Associate
University of Tennessee

Incorporating Spatial Heterogeneity into Model-Assisted Estimator to Improve Small Area Estimation

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

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Biography

Dr. Dingfan Xing is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography & Sustainability at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she earned her PhD degree in 2023 in Environmental Science at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York. Dingfan Xing’s research is directed to the application and development of statistical methods and the uncertainty evaluation for area estimation of forest characteristics and land cover. Specifically, her current research topics include: (1) Small area estimation of forest characteristics; (2) Uncertainty evaluation of sample-based area estimates. The first topic of her research focuses on applying model-assisted estimators to estimate the forest characteristics and improve the precision of the estimation by developing new statistical methods. The second topic of her research focuses on developing the advanced methods for estimating confidence intervals and total variance of the area estimation of land cover and land cover change.
Dr Johannes Rahlf
Research Scientist
Norwegian Institute Of Bioeconomy Research (nibio)

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Dr Alexandra Tyukavina
Associate Research Professor
University Of Maryland

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Dr Michael Foerster
Senior Researcher
Technical University Berlin

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