Taking photographs of the Earth is as old as our first ability to fly. However, since then, the science of remote sensing, which involves collecting imagery from drones all the way to satellites is revolutionizing the way we look at our planet.
Nicholas Coops is a Professor in Remote Sensing at the University of British Columbia and is passionately interested in how these images can shape our understanding of the Earth, its climate, and the changes that we are seeing across Canada and globally.
He will discuss how drones are revolutionizing the way we see fine-scale details on the Earth’s surface, down to leaves and branches, all the way up to sensors in space, that send laser beams to measure tree height around the world.
Bring your questions and your fascination and we look forward to showing you what’s now possible, from our eyes in the sky!
Dr. Nicholas Coops is a faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC and holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in remote sensing.
Dr. Coops obtained his PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne Australia, and then worked at CSIRO, the Australian government research labs, for 10 years prior to coming to UBC in 2004.
Nicholas’ research focuses on the application of remote sensing imagery to the monitoring and mapping of forest and vegetation health and productivity.