Remote sensing technology is advancing at a much faster speed than our knowledge of how to interpret the spectral information it provides. Our goal to level off this imbalance is working towards: (1) developing research methods to make more effective use of remotely sensed imagery for understanding and monitoring biogeophysical processes in ocean waters and wetlands, and (2) researching light attenuation in coastal and riverine waters and possible effects caused by human use of the land and climate change.
We have a state-of-the-art laboratory facility (CFI/BCKDF infrastructure) for investigating the interaction of light energy with organic and inorganic material in ocean waters in the field and controlled lab environment. The lab is equipped with a high-precision liquid chromatograph, a set of hyperspectral radiometers for above and in-water measurements, a set of fluorescence sensors for chlorophyll and CDOM, absorption, attenuation and backscattering hyperspectral sensors, CTDs, and a darkroom for simulating controlled environmental conditions.
We have an interdisciplinary group of young researchers with expertise in oceanography, geography, biology, computer science, and environmental science. We are conducting interdisciplinary research with several international collaborators in Brazil (INPE, INPA), Canada (IOS, UVic, UBC), the United States (UCLA -Santa Barbara), and Japan (JAXA).
- Dr. Maycira Costa