CRSS Ottawa eHighlights

Canadian Remote Sensing Society
Ottawa Chapter eHighlights

Autumn 2017


CRSS - Ottawa Chapter Event – 11 Dec 2017. 

Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Precision Agriculture and in Phenomics Research

Precision Agriculture and the emerging field of phenomics (using high-throughput phenotyping techniques) can be useful in mitigating the effects of the factors listed above. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Remote Sensing are geospatial technologies that enable the use of Precision Agriculture and phenomics. Traditional remote sensing platforms such as satellite systems and manned aircraft have been used in agriculture for the last few decades. The last few years have shown an increasing interest in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a platform for carrying a variety of sensors such as high-resolution RGB cameras, multispectral cameras, and thermal cameras. Engineers are also designing and building UAV platforms that can carry larger sensors such as hyperspectral, LiDAR, and passive radiometer.

UAVs present substantial advantages in agriculture applications in terms of time, cost and precision for both the farmer and the crop scientist conducting research in phenomics. UAV platforms allow for the collection of valuable data over small and medium-sized areas. Vegetation Indices (e.g., NDVI, NDRE, EVI) collected weekly can provide high-resolution (better than 10-cm) information on the vigour of the crops within a field. Crop height can also be extracted from the data and can be used for biomass calculations. Farmers can use this information to optimally manage the application of fertilizers and pesticides. Crop scientists can use this information to design better crop hybrids suitable for specific conditions.

At the joint GoGeomatics Ottawa and CCRS-Ottawa event Dr. Saeid Homayouni (University of Ottawa) and Regie Alam (ASG Mapping Ltd) will do a presentation on their experience this past summer with the use of UAVs in Precision Agriculture in phenomics research.
Event details:
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: James Street Pub, 390 Bank St. (corner Bank and James) · Ottawa, ON
RSVP IS REQURIED: Please let us know you will be joining us:


CRSS - Ottawa Chapter Events – Upcoming 

Keep an eye out for upcoming events. More information will be coming soon.

CRSS-SCT National Event – 19-21 June 2018. 

39th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing: New Era in Remote Sensing Technologies

The 39th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing would like to extend a welcome to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where we will be highlighting a new era in remote sensing technology. Many new missions and new technologies are being developed and have been or will be deployed soon. Hence, the time is right to explore these new opportunities in more depth.
These are exciting times for remote sensing research and applications in Canada. The soon to be launching RADARSAT Constellation Mission will mean a continued Canadian imaging microwave presence in space. Canada has been actively participating in aerial surveys in preparation of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission. Canadians are leaders in the development and application of airborne active and passive sensor technologies, multisensor UAV platform development that promises to revolutionize high resolution data acquisition and research. Applications from marine, arctic and northern surveillance, environmental modelling and monitoring, and resource exploration are also coming of age. It is our hope that the meetings here will facilitate an exploration of ideas and forge productive partnerships.


Non CRSS-SCT Event – 1-3 November 2017   

9th Canadian Science Policy Conference Videos are Now Online

For those who missed this event, or who would like to know more about what was discussed, selected videos have been posted online. See presentations by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Science minister Kirsty Duncan, and Canada's chief science advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer. CSPC 2017 videos and interviews are available on the CSPC YouTube channel. Audio recordings and photos are also available.


Non CRSS-SCT Event – Recent Announcements 

RADARSAT Constellation.

Canada is currently building and testing the three identical satellites, the RADARSAT Constellation. The last of these satellites is presently being evaluated at the David Florida Laboratory here in Ottawa as the mission prepares for launch next year. Check out The Making of a Satellite – The RADARSAT Constellation to learn more about this mission.

Non CRSS-SCT Event – August 2017

Consultations on Canada’s future in space: What the Government of Canada heard

The Space Advisory Board was tasked by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to consult with stakeholders on a new space strategy and to report its findings. The Space Advisory Board held seven roundtable discussions across the country and two webinars focused on youth and the North, involving a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the Canadian Space Program.
For more information on this report and the potential future role of this board, check out the Space Advisory Board website, or contact your nearest Space Advisory Board member.


Non CRSS-SCT Event – PCI Geomatics

PCI Geomatics provides a series of webinars on a wide range of remote sensing and Earth Observations topics. Find out more about past webinars for download, and on future webinars you may view live from your computer.

Non CRSS-SCT Event – GeoAlliance Canada

GeoAlliance Canada is a new umbrella organization that aims to provide leadership to fuse together the energy and resources of existing geospatial business, non-profit, education and government organizations. CRSS Members are invited to learn more about GeoAlliance Canada and upcoming events via their web site.

Non CRSS-SCT Event – Recent Announcements   

Planet – Mission 1 Complete!   

Planet has recently announced that it’s Mission 1: to image the entire Earth’s landmass every day has been achieved. Find out more about what this could mean by visiting their web site.


CRSS-SCT National Services.  

The Canadian Remote Sensing Society - Société Canadienne de Télédétection offers a variety of services and opportunities for it members. To learn more, check out their web site, subscribe to their Listserv and join their Twitter account. You are also invited to become more involved in the society via the Working Groups. Members with an interest in Ottawa/Gatineau events are welcome to Subscribe to this online newsletter, the eHighlights. Together we can build a strong future. 


Keep The CRSS-Ottawa Email List Current.

Have you changed jobs? Changed schools? Know someone that is not getting the Highlights? Be sure to keep your email address up to date so that you will continue to receive the CRSS-Ottawa Highlights and other reminders.
Would you like to recommend the CRSS-Ottawa Chapter Highlights to others? Simply point them to our Subscribe to this email list and they can join with a click!  


Career Opportunities

(If you have a posting that you’d like to advertise to the local community, let us know.)
- STUDENTS: Geoscience Field, GIS Data, Lab/Office and Research Assistants - Research Affiliate Program
-  Positions across Canada. Visit the GoGeomatics Job Site for more information. 


CRSS - Ottawa Branch Contact Information: 

The 2016 CRSS Ottawa Branch Organizing Council:
  • Chair:  Dennis Nazarenko
  • Treasurer: Carla Schmitt
  • Secretary: OPEN (nominations now being accepted)
  • Past-Chair:  H. Peter White
  • eNewsletter Editor:  OPEN (nominations now being accepted)
  • Committee Members-at-Large:  Juliusz Ostrowski, Kevin Jones and Darren Jansen.
  • CRSS-SCT National Directors in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region:  Tom Lukowski and Raymond Soffer. 

Copyright © 2017 Canadian Remote Sensing Society - Ottawa Branch, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp