Awards

Our Annual Award winners are announced each year at this event. You can also view our archive of previous Award Recipients.

CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award

The CRSS Gold Medal Award was introduced in 1986 to recognise either a significant new advance in remote sensing research, development, technology or applications, or a significant long-term contribution to the field of remote sensing in Canada. In 2013, the CRSS Gold Medal was renamed the CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal in honour of Dr. Lawrence W. Morley (February 19, 1920 – April 22, 2013), the founding Director General of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and first President of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The Larry Morley Gold Medal is the highest award in the country granted by the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for excellence in remote sensing.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resumé). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal or CRSS Silver Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Val Shaw Memorial Award

The Val Shaw Memorial Award was established in 1990 in memory of Valerie Shaw, an executive with the Bercha Group and a strong proponent of remote sensing in Canada. The award consists of a certificate that recognizes lifelong achievement in practical remote sensing applied to natural resource management.
Val Shaw was a Vice-President of one of the most successful companies active in remote sensing in Canada in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and was one of the early leaders in the field. While a worthy competitor in business, she was known for her honesty, dedication to client service, and the fact that she gave generously of her time to students, colleagues, and the many people she touched. Relatively early in life she was suddenly struck down by a virulent form of leukemia. She left four children, who attended the first presentation of the award named in her honour to Dr. Al Gregory at the 14th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Calgary in 1991.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resumé). Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

CRSS Silver Medal Award

The CRSS Silver Medal Award was established in 2009 as a mid-career achievement award to recognise excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who have made important and sustained contributions to remote sensing in Canada, typically for a period of more than 10 years.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resumé). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

CRSS Bronze Medal Award

The CRSS Bronze Medal Award was established in 2009 as an early-career achievement award to recognise emerging excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who are 40 years of age or less, as of December 31 of the year of the Award.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date, and future potential. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resumé). Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Best Paper Award

The CJRS Prize Paper Award was created in 2001 to recognise excellence in peer-reviewed publications. The award will be presented during the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing for the best paper (published in any category) in the prior year’s volume. The CJRS Editorial Board, based upon nominations from reviewers, board members, or CRSS members, recommends the winner to the CRSS Awards Committee. The winner will receive a one-year membership in CRSS and a certificate.

Application Instruction for All Award Submissions/Nominations

Deadline

All materials must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the end of the business day on January 31, 2018. All submissions received will be acknowledged by e-mail.

Format

All materials should be submitted by e-mail as digital file attachments, preferably in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (.PDF). Other acceptable formats include Rich Text Format (.RTF) and Microsoft Word (.DOC). Official letters of support must be signed and be on company/institutional letterhead. Hardcopy materials should be digitised/scanned to a digital file. Multiple files from a given individual should be saved into one archive file (e.g. .ZIP).

Further instructions for specific awards are listed below.

Vice-President E-mail address for all submissions:

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Leblon bleblon@unb.ca

If it is impossible to submit a document in digital form, hardcopy materials may be sent to the address below.

Vice-President Address to be used only if required:
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Leblon
CRSS Vice-President
Professor/Professeure,
Director, Canada-Europe TRANSFOR-M dual-degree Master program
Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
Canada
E3B 5A3
PH: 506 453-4924

Please note: CRSS cannot be responsible for items lost or delayed by mail. Any materials submitted as hardcopy cannot be returned. All submissions are strongly encouraged by e-mail to: bleblon@unb.ca

National Best Master’s Thesis and Best Ph.D. Thesis

The Canadian Remote Sensing Society issue a Student Award for the best thesis at the Master’s level and the best thesis at the Ph.D. level. The recipients of these Awards will receive a certificate and will be invited to present the results of their thesis at the following Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. He/she will receive $1000 from CRSS-SCT to support their travel to the symposium. Symposium registration will be complimentary.

Eligibility
The candidate must have been a student at a Canadian university for their graduate studies. The candidate must have successfully defended their thesis and submitted it in final form to their university. The year of eligibility for a given thesis is determined by the year of copyright © printed on the title page of the final (bound) thesis. The current competition is open to theses with the copyright year in the previous full calendar year before the deadline [i.e. Jan 1 – Dec. 31 of the year preceding the awards submission deadline].

Nomination process

The nomination must be made in writing by the thesis supervisor or Department Head/Chair. Only one thesis, per department or administrative unit, in each of the post-graduate levels, will be considered, with any internal selections being the responsibility of the department/unit concerned. The nomination must explain the merit of the work and must include the final thesis as a digital .PDF file (identical to the hardbound thesis), including title page with copyright © year and any approval signatures. Nominations must be received by the Vice-President of CRSS by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others.

CRSS Student Symposium Travel Grants

Up to three (3) CRSS Symposium Travel Grants of $1000 each are available to students (B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. level) enrolled at a Canadian university or college to attend the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.

Eligibility

  • The student must be a member in good standing of CRSS at the time of application.
  • He/she must be the lead (first) author on an abstract which has been accepted for presentation at the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.
  • He/she must provide a letter of a maximum of 1000 words explaining the student’s contribution to the work described in the abstract, detailing its originality, and providing details on what he/she expects to gain from attending the symposium.
  • The student’s supervisor must provide a letter of support explaining the merit of the work described in the abstract.
  • The student must complete and submit a Student Application for Conference Travel Reimbursement form that includes a budget outlining commitment for the additional funds to attend the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. It can be downloaded from the CRSS-SCT website

All documentation is to be sent to the Vice-President of CRSS no later than April 30th, 2018.

The quality of the abstracts and travel grant applications will be evaluated by the CRSS Awards committee.

Download the Application Form

CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award

Note: Affiliations at time of award

  • 2017 – Dr. Brian Brisco, Natural Resources Canada
  • 2016 – Dr. Joseph Buckley, Royal Military College
  • 2014 – Dr. K. Olaf Niemann, University of Victoria
  • 2013 – Dr. Paris W. Vachon, Defence Research and Development Canada
  • 2012 – Dr. Robert Ryerson, Kim Geomatics Corporation
  • 2011 – Dr. Vern Singhroy, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 2010 – Dr. Karl Staenz, University of Lethbridge
  • 2009 – Dr. Donald G. Leckie, Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service
  • 2008 – Dr. A. Laurence Gray, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 2007 – Dr. Steven E. Franklin, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2006 – Dr. Philippe M. Teillet, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 2005 – Dr. Ellsworth F. LeDrew, University of Waterloo
  • 2004 – Dr. David Goodenough, Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service
  • 2002 – Dr. Josef Cihlar, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 2001 – Dr. Ferdinand Bonn, Université de Sherbrooke
  • 2000 – Dr. James F.R. Gower, Institute for Ocean Sciences
  • 1999 – Dr. R. Keith Raney, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • 1997 – Dr. Edryd Shaw, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 1996 – Dr. John R. Miller, York University
  • 1993 – Dr. Philip J. Howarth, University of Waterloo
  • 1991 – Dr. Frank J. Ahern, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 1989 – Dr. John S. MacDonald, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
  • 1987 – Mr. E.A. Godby, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • 1986 – Dr. L.W. Morley, Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science
Val Shaw Memorial Award
  • 2017 – Dr. Jeff R. Harris, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa
  • 2015 – Dr. Ron Hall, Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton
  • 2007 – Dr. Francis J. Ahern, TerreVista Earth Imaging, Ottawa
  • 2001 – Mr. Jean Beaubien, Service canadien des forêts, Quebec
  • 1996 – Dr. Peter Murtha, University of British Columbia
  • 1991 – Dr. Al Gregory, Gregory Geoscience
CRSS Silver Medal Award
  • 2017 – Dr. Josée Lévesque, DND, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier
  • 2016 – Dr. Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge
  • 2014 – Dr. Nicholas C. Coops, University of British Columbia
  • 2010 – Dr. Michael A. Wulder, Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Victoria
CRSS Bronze Medal Award
  • 2017 – Dr. Alexandre Langlois, University of Sherbrooke
  • 2015 – Dr. Laura Chasmer, University of Lethbridge
  • 2012 – Dr. Quazi K. Hassan, University of Calgary
  • 2011 – Dr. Ahmed Shaker, Ryerson University
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Best Paper Award
  • 2016 –A Trishchenko, S. Leblanc, S. Wang, J. Li, C. Ungureanu, Y. Luo, K. Khlopenkov and F. Fontana for their paper as published in: A Trishchenko, S. Leblanc, S. Wang, J. Li, C. Ungureanu, Y. Luo, K. Khlopenkov and F. Fontana “Variations of annual minimum snow and ice extent over Canada and neighbouring landmass derived from MODIS 250m imagery for 2000-2014 period”. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 42 (3) pp. 214-242.
  • 2015– V. Singhroy, J. Li and F. Charbonneau from the Canadian Centre of Remote Sensing for their paper as published in: V. Singhroy, J. Li and F. Charbonneau, 2015. High resolution rapid revisits InSAR monitoring of surface deformation, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 41(5) pp. 458-472.
  • 2014 – D. Pitt, M. Woods, and M. Penner from the Canadian Forest Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Forest Analysis Ltd., respectively for their paper as published in: D. Pitt, M. Woods, and M. Penner, 2014. A comparison of point clouds derived from stereo imagery and airborne laser scanning for the area-based estimation of forest inventory attributes in boreal Ontario. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 40 (3) pp. 214-232.
  • 2013 – J. Holmgren (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and co-authors for “your well written paper presenting interesting methods on tree crown segmentation which was very well received by the international community”, as published in: J.Holmgren and E. Lindberg, 2013. Tree crown segmentation based on a geometric tree crown model for prediction of forest variables. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 39 (S1) pp. S86-S98.
  • 2012 – A.P. Trishchenko (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Ottawa, ON) and co-authors for “a discussion of issues associated with the development of a satellite system with a highly elliptical orbit (HEO) for Arctic observation”, as published in: A.P. Trishchenko and L. Garand, 2012. Observing polar regions from space: Advantages of a satellite system on a highly elliptical orbit versus a constellation of low earth polar orbiters. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 38(1) pp.12-24.
  • 2011 – A.M. Smith (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB) and co-authors for “an important contribution to RADARSAT-2 image analysis of native grasslands in western Canada”, as published in: A.M. Smith and J.R. Buckley, 2011. Investigating RADARSAT-2 as a tool for monitoring grassland in western Canada. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 37(1), pp. 93-102.
  • 2010 – A.I. Calderhead (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology) and co-authors, for the application of differential interferometry “to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images (D-InSAR) of the Toluca Valley, Mexico, with the aim of measuring and monitoring land subsidence” as published in: A.I. Calderhead, R. Martel, P.-J. Alasset, A. Rivera, and J. Garfias, 2010. Land subsidence induced by groundwater pumping, monitored by D-InSAR and field data in the Toluca Valley, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 36 (1), pp. 9-23
  • 2009 – J. Whitcomb (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) and co-authors, for the development of a wetland mapping tool integrating JERS-1 imagery for “improved characterization of land-atmosphere CH4 and CO2 fluxes and climatic change impacts associated with thawing soils and changes in the extent and drying of wetland ecosystems” as published in; J.Whitcomb, M. Moghaddam, K.McDonald, J. Kellndorfer, and E. Podest, 2009. Mapping vegetated wetlands of Alaska using L-band radar satellite imagery. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 35 (1), pp. 54-72
  • 2008 – M.A. Wulder (Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC) and co-authors, for “the design, development and implementation of a first-ever Landsat classification of the forested area of Canada“, as published in: M.A. Wulder, J. C. White, M. Cranny, R. J. Hall, J. E. Luther, A. Beaudoin, D. G. Goodenough, and J. A. Dechka, 2008. Monitoring Canada’s forests. Part 1: Completion of the EOSD land cover project. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (6), pp. 549-562.
  • 2007 – J.C.B. Da Silva (Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal) and co-authors, for “a unique use of SAR imagery for ocean remote sensing”, as published in: J.C.B. Da Silva, A.L. New and A. Azevedo, 2007. On the role of SAR for observing “local generation” of internal solitary waves off the Iberian Peninsula. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 33 (5):388-403.
  • 2006 – D. Janzen (University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, B. C.) and co-authors, for “an innovative approach to forestry remote sensing image processing and analysis”, as published in: D. Janzen, R. Wheate and A. Fredeen, 2006. Radiometric correction techniques and accuracy assessment for Landsat TM data in remote forested regions, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(5): 330-340.
  • 2005 – N.H. Short (Noetix Research Inc., Ottawa) and co-authors, for “an important contribution to RADARSAT image analysis of glacier movement in northern Canada”, as published in: N.H. Short and A.L. Gray, 2005. Glacier Dynamics in the Canadian High Arctic from RADARSAT-1 Speckle Tracking. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 31(3):225-239.
  • 2002 – A.L. Gray (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Ottawa) and co-authors, for “a critical assessment of the application of SAR interferometry as an original quantitative SAR interpretation technique to an important and generalised problem” as published in: A.L. Gray, N. Short, K. E. Mattar and K.C. Jezek. 2001. Velocities and flux of the Filchner Ice Shelf and its tributaries determined from speckle tracking interferometry, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(3): 193-206.
  • 2001 – S.T. Dokken (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden) and co-authors, for a “significant contribution to the development and validation of sea ice remote sensing applications” as published in: Dokken, S.T., B. Håkansson and J. Askne, 2000. Inter-Comparison of Arctic Sea Ice Concentration using RADARSAT, ERS, SSM/I and In-Situ Data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(6): 521-536
National Best Ph.D. Thesis
  • 2016 – Douglas Bolton “Characterizing the Link between Fire History, Productivity, and Forest Structure Across Canada’s Northern Boreal Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing”, University of British Columbia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2015 (tie) Serge Olivier Kotchi “Estimation et évaluation d’incertitude d’indicateurs agrométéorologiques par télédétection en vue de supporter la lutte phytosanitaire”, Université Laval (Nathalie Barrette, Supervisor)
  • 2015 (tie) Karin van Ewijk “Estimating Forest Structure from LIDAR and High Spatial Resolution Imagery for the Prediction of Succession and Species Composition”, Queen’s University, (Neal Scott and Paul Treitz, Supervisors)
  • 2014 – Alexandre Roy,Modélisation de l’émission micro-onde hivernale en forêt boréale canadienne”, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke (Alain Royer, Supervisor)
  • 2013 – Andrés Varhola, “The Use of Remote Sensing to Characterize Forest Structure and Improve the Modeling of Snow Processes in Extensively Disturbed Watersheds”, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia. (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2012 – Martin Béland, “Estimation de paramètres structuraux des arbres dans une savane à partir de mesures LiDAR terrestre et d’imagerie à très haute résolution spatiale”. Département de Géomatique Appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke. (Richard Fournier, Supervisor)
  • 2011 (tie) – Trevor Gareth Jones, “Employing Advanced Airborne Remotely Sensed Data to Improve Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping”. Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia. (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2011 (tie) – Gang Chen, “A GEOBIA Framework for Estimating Forest Biophysical Parameters: Integrating LiDAR Transects and Quickbird Data”. Department of Geography, University of Calgary. (Geoffrey Hay, Supervisor)
  • 2010 – Julia Linke, “Development and Application of a Framework for Flexible and Reliable Landscape Monitoring: Changes in the Alberta Foothills and the Impact on Grizzly Bear Habitat”. Department of Geography, University of Calgary (Greg McDermid, Supervisor).
  • 2009 – Inian Moorthy, “Tree Crown Structural Characterization: A Study Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning and 3D Radiative Transfer Modeling”, Department of Earth and Space Science, York University (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 2008 (tie) – Laura Chasmer, “Canopy Structural and Meteorological Influences on CO2 Exchange for MODIS Product Validation in a Boreal Jack Pine Chronosequence”, Department of Geography Queen University (Harry McCaughey and Paul Treitz, Supervisors)
  • 2008 (tie) – Thomas Hilker, “Estimation of Photosynthetic Light-Use Efficiency from Automated Multi-Angular Spectroradiometer Measurements of Coastal Douglas-Fir” Department of Forest Resource Management, University of British Colombia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2007 – Yongqin (Lisa) Zhang, “Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Algorithms for Retrieving Forest Chlorophyll Content“, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (Jing Chen, Supervisor)
  • 2006 – Valerie A. Thomas, “Spatially Explicit Modelling of Forest Structure and Function using Airborne LiDAR and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Data Combined with Micrometeorological Measurements“, Department of Geography, Queen’s University (Paul Treitz and Harry McCaughey, Supervisors)
  • 2005 – Arnaud Mialon, “Étude de la variabilité climatique des hautes latitudes nord, dérivée d’observations satellites micro-ondes“, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke (Alain Royer Université de Sherbrooke et Michel Fily, Université Josef Fourier, Grenoble France, Supervisors)
  • 2002 – Robin Qiaofeng Zhang, “Spatial, Spectral and Temporal Analysis of Urban Landscape Dynamics Using Optical Satellite Data”, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario (Jinfei Wang, Supervisor).
  • 2001 – Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada, “Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Closed Forest Canopies: Estimation of Chlorophyll Fluorescence and Pigment Content“, Department of Earth and Space Science, York University (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 2000 – H. Peter White, “Investigations of Boreal Forest Bi-directional Reflectance Factor (BRF)“, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 1997 – Derek R. Peddle, “Remote Sensing of Boreal Forest Terrain: Sub-Pixel Modeling of Land Cover and Biophysical Parameters at Forest Stand and Regional Scales“, Department of Geography, University of Waterloo (Ellsworth LeDrew, Supervisor).
  • 1992 – Grant A. Bracher, “Detection of Nutrient Stress in Douglas-Fir Seedlings Using Spectroradiometer Data“, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (Peter A. Murtha, Supervisor).
  • 1989 – Jinfei Wang, “A New Automated Linear-feature Network Detection and Analysis (LINDA) System and its applications”, Department of Geography, University of Waterloo (Phil Howarth, Supervisor).
National Best Master’s Thesis
  • 2016 – Curtis Chance “Mapping the Distributions of Two Invasive Plant Species in Urban Areas with Advanced Remote Sensing Data”. University of British Columbia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2015 – Charles Papasodoro “Utilisation de la stereo radargrammétrie RADARSAT-2 pour le suivi de la fonte des calottes glaciaires Barnes et Penny (île de Baffin)”. Université de Sherbrooke, (A. Royer and A. Langlois, Supervisors)
  • 2014 – Vanessa Mascorro, “Assessing Forest Disturbances for Carbon Modeling: Building the Bridge between Activity Data and Carbon Budget Modeling”. Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2013 – Myriam Lemelin, “Télédétection de l’ilménite pour l’identification de régions propices à l’exploration minérale sur la Lune.” Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke. (Kalifa Goïta, Michael Germain, and Caroline Emmanuelle Morisset, Supervisors)
  • 2012 – Christopher Czerwinski, “Forest Change Detection and Mapping in Gatineau Park, Québec 1987 To 2010 using Landsat Imagery”. Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University (Scott Mitchell and Doug King, Supervisors).
  • 2011 (tie) – Cheryl Rogers, “Remote Sensing of Light Use Efficiency in a Boreal Forest and Peatland in James Bay, Quebec”. Department of Natural Resources, McGill University. (Margaret Kalacska, Supervisor)
  • 2011 (tie) – Thomas Bergeron, “Estimation de la ressource éolienne en mer à l’aide du satellite RADARSAT-2”. Centre Eau Terre et Environment, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec. (Monique Bernier, Supervisor)
  • 2010 – Yuanming Shu, “Dark Spot Detection from SAR Intensity Imagery with Spatial Density Thresholding for Oil Spill Monitoring.” Department of Geography, University of Waterloo. (Jonathan Li, Supervisor)
  • 2009 – Thoreau Rory Tooke, “Remote Sensing Applications for Vegetation Management in Urban Environments”, Department of Forest Resource Management, University of British Colombia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2008 Christopher Bater “Assessing Indicators of Forest Sustainability using LiDAR Remote Sensing”, Department of Forest Resource Management, University of British Colombia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)
  • 2007 (tie) – Peter Eddy, “Development of Remote Sensing Techniques for the Implementation of Site Specific Herbicide Management “, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge (Anne Smith and Derek Peddle, Supervisors).
  • 2007 (tie) – David Alfred, “Semi-Automated Rooftop Identification from High Spatial and Spectral Resolution Spaceborne Remote Sensing Imagery“, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario (Jinfei Wang, Supervisor)
  • 2006 – Scott A. Soenen, “Remote Sensing of Montane Forest Structure and Biomass: A Canopy Reflectance Model Inversion Approach“, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge (Derek Peddle, Supervisor).
  • 2005 – Jonathon Pasher, “Modelling and Mapping Potential Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia Citrina) Habitat Using Remote Sensing”, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University (Doug King and Kathryn Lindsay, Supervisors)
  • 2004 – Steven P. Oldford, “Predicting Slow Drying Fire Weather Index Fuel Moisture Codes with NOAA–AVHRR Images in Canada’s Northern Boreal Forests”, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (Brigitte Leblon and David MacLean, Supervisors).
  • 2003 – Nicole J. Rabe, “Remote Sensing of Crop Biophysical Parameters for Site-Specific Agriculture”, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge (Derek Peddle, Supervisor).
  • 2002 – Catherine M. Champagne, “Remote Sensing of Plant Water Content for Precision Agriculture: The Potential for Hyperspectral Modelling”, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa (Abdou Bannari and Karl Staenz, Supervisors).
  • 2001 – Alice Deschamps, “Characterization of Modern Reefs using the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Protocol and Digitized aerial photographs, Tobago Cays Marine Park, St. Vincent and the Grenadines“, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa (André Desrochers, Supervisor).
  • 2000 – Ryan L. Johnson, “Airborne Remote Sensing of Forest Leaf Area in Mountainous Terrain, Kananaskis Alberta“, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge (Derek Peddle, Supervisor).
  • 1999 – Kris Innanen, “Approaches to the Direct Extraction of Forest Canopy Variables from High-Spatial Resolution Winter Reflectance Imagery“, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 1997 – Mike Wulder, “Airborne Remote Sensing of Forest Structure: Estimation of Leaf Area Index“, Department of Geography, University of Waterloo (Ellsworth LeDrew, Supervisor).
  • 1995 – Ray Soffer, “Bidirectional Reflectance Factors of an Open Tree Canopy by Laboratory Simulation“, Department of Earth and Space Science, York University (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 1990 – Richard Fournier, “3-Dimensional Modelling of Forest Canopies for High Resolution Imagery“, Department of Earth and Space Science, York University (John Miller, Supervisor).
  • 1989 – Joan E. Luther, “Terrain Classification using Landsat Thematic Mapper and Digital Topographic Data in the Burwash Uplands, Southwest Yukon“, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Steven Franklin, Supervisor).
Best Student Presentations

2017 – 38th CSRS: Montreal, Quebec

Joshua Montgomery (Department of Geography, U. Lethbridge) “A Synthetic Aperture Radar, Optical and LiDAR, Data Fusion Approach to Wetland Classification in a Boreal Environment of the Utikuma Regional Study Area, Alberta, Canada” (co-authors: Dr. Chris Hopkinson, Dr. Laura Chasmer, Dr. Brian Brisco (CCRS)). (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Jingyi Liu (Queen’s University) “A Combined Method for Vegetation Classification Based on Visible Bands from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Images: A Case Study for Wild Parsnip Plants” (co-author: Prof. Dongmei Chen). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

Claudie Ratté-Fortin (INRS-ÉTÉ) “Modeling Spatio-Temporal Variation of Algal Bloom Using MODIS Inland Waters Data Processing” (co-authors: Prof. Karem Chokmani, Mr. Anas El Alem). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

Justin Murfitt (University of Toronto Mississauga) “Using RADARSAT-2 to Identify Ice Growth and Decay in Central Ontario: 2008-2016” (co-author: Dr. Laura Brown). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

2016 – 37th CSRS: Winnipeg, Manitoba

 Jason Beaver (Department of Geography, U. Lethbridge) “BRDF Effects on Vegetation Indexes and Resultant LAI Derivations in Agricultural Crops” (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Salem Morsy (Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson U.)Automatic Land-Water Delineation from Multispectral Airborne LIDAR Data Using Normalized Difference Water Indexes” (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2015 – 36th CSRS: St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Taejin Park (Boston University) “Satellite Observed Sunlight-Mediated Seasonality in Greenness of Wet Equatorial Amazonian Rainforest”. (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Sungho Choi (Boston University) “Large-Scale Modeling of Forest Height and Biomass using the Metabolic Scaling Theory and Water-Energy Balance Equation”. (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2013 – 34th CSRS: Victoria, British Columbia

Ryan Powers (University of British Columbia). “Evaluating Boreal Reserve Design Using a Long Time-Series Dynamic Habitat Index”. (Best Student Oral Presentation).

Tyson Carswell (University of Victoria). “Satellite Imagery to Determine Spring Phytoplankton Bloom Dynamics for Fisheries Management in the Strait of Georgia, Canada”. (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2012 – 33rd CSRS: Ottawa, Ontario

Chuiqing Zeng (University of Western Ontario). “An Object Matching Method for Stereo Satellite Imagery for Building Height Extraction.” (Best Student Oral Presentation).

Myriam Lemelin (Université de Sherbrooke). “Ilmenite Detection on the Moon by Remote Sensing: An Integration of Multisensor Datasets over Mare Australe and Mare Ingenii Regions.” (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2011 – 32nd CSRS: Sherbrooke, Québec

 J.-B. Leguet (Université de Montréal). “Lake Carbon Estimation by Satellite in Quebec: Comparative Case Studies in the Abitibi and Eastmain Regions.” (Best Student Oral Presentation).

Sarah Banks (Carleton University). “Assessing Radarsat-2 Polarimetric SAR for Mapping Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) Classes in the Canadian Arctic”. (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie)).

Dennis C. Duro (University of Saskatchewan). “Multi-Source, Multi-Resolution, Object Based Image Analysis of Earth Observation Imagery Using Random Forests” (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie)).

2010 – 31st CSRS: Regina, Saskatchewan

 Karen van Ewijk (Queen’s University). “Characterizing Central Ontario’s Forest Ecosystems by Fusing Airborne LiDAR and High Resolution Digital Imagery.” (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Valerie Torontow (Carleton University). “Multivariate Forest Structure Modeling and Mapping Using Quickbird Imagery and Topographic Data in Chelsea, Quebec.” (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2009 – 30th CSRS: Lethbridge, Alberta. $500.00

 Ben Kuttner (University of Toronto) and Jay Malcolm (University of Toronto). “The Application of ALS LiDAR Data to Differentiate Among Three Classes of Increasing Structural Complexity in Boreal Spruce and Mixedwood Forest Types”. (Best Student Oral Presentation: $250)

V. Sherkashyn (Université de Sherbrooke), D.C. He (Université de Sherbrooke) and R. Kountchev (Technical University-Sofia, Bulgaria). “Implementation of a New Adaptive Image Representation Approach (AIPR-BPNN) for Compression of IKONOS Images”. (Best Student Poster Presentation: $250)

2008 – 29th CSRS: Whitehorse, Yukon. $500.00

Martha K. Raynolds (University of Alaska). “The Effect of Landscape Age on Circumpolar Distribution of Artic Vegetation”. (Best Student Oral Presentation (tie): $150.00)

Thoreau R. Tooke (University of British Columbia). “A Ground-Based Classification Scheme for Interpreting Satellite Derived Urban Vegetation Characteristics”. (Best Student Oral Presentation (tie): $150.00)

Claude Codja (Université du Québec à Montréal). “Méthode empirique de correction des effets cardinaux sur les images RADARSAT-1 portant sur le milieu urbain”. (Best Student Poster Presentation (tie): $100.00)

Erin D. Trochim (University of Alaska). “Examining the Relationships Between Themokarst and Headwater Drainage Network Using Remote Sensing in the Upper Kupuruk Basin”. (Best Student Poster Presentation (tie): $100.00)

2007 – 28th CSRS: Ottawa. Award sponsored by PCI Geomatics: $500.00

François Vachon (Université de Sherbrooke), K. Goïta (Univ. de Sherbrooke), D. De Sève (IREQ), A. Royer (Univ. de Sherbrooke), “Snow Water Equivalent Retrieval in a Sub-Arctic Environment of The North of Quebec from Space-Borne Passive Microwave Observations”: (Best Student Oral Presentation (tie): $200.00)

Peter R. Eddy (University of Lethbridge), A.M. Smith (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada [AAFC] and Univ. Lethbridge), B.D. Hill (AAFC), D.R. Peddle (Univ. Lethbridge), C.A. Coburn (Univ. Lethbridge) and R.E. Blackshaw (AAFC). “Improved Site-Specific Herbicide Management Using Artificial Neural Networks and Hyperspectral Image Data”. (Best Student Oral Presentation (tie): $200.00)

Maria Dissanska (INRS-ETE), M. Bernier (INRS-ETE), S. Payette (Univ. Laval) “Study of Peatlands Aqualyse in the Area of the Hydroelectrical Complex Lagrande using Very High Resolution Satellite Panchromatic Images”. (Best Student Poster Presentation: $100.00)

CRSS Student Symposium Travel Grants

2017  

  • Aliny Aparecida Dos Reis, Trent University
  • Christopher Ilori, Simon Fraser University
  • Bing Lu, University of Toronto Mississauga

2016 – Salem Morsy, Ryerson University

2015  

  • Justin Byatt, University of New Brunswick
  • Justin Murfitt, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Joyce Arabian, University of Toronto

2014  

  • Medhi Aminipouri, Simon Fraser University
  • Derrick Ho, Simon Fraser University