News

June 2022

1. Dr. Bing Lu received an Discovery & Launch Supplement funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate health of grassland-wetland ecosystems using remote sensing big data and support the ecosystem conservation. More details can be found in a SFU Faculty of Environment news here: SFU Geographer shakes up ecosystem monitoring with innovative remote sensing technologies.  

2. Members of ReSEC Lab worked with collaborators from multiple organizations to investigate health of blueberry bushes at the mid growing season. (Some photos by Bruce Milligan)

May 2022

1. Members of ReSEC Lab worked with collaborators from Terramera and LandsView conducted soil surveys and drone flights in Camrose, Alberta. We tried to map soil cover, soil organic carbon, and other parameters to better understand soil health. Drone-based multispectral, hyperspectral, and LiDAR imaging have been used. Satellite-based high-spatial resoltuion WorldView 3 images have also be collected. Field surveys were conducted simultaneously. Thanks to all the crew members for their hard working! (Some photos by Bruce Milligan)

2. Dr.Bing Lu is organizing a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Vegetation Biochemical and Biophysical Parameters" in the journal Remote Sensing (Impact Factor 4.8) with Dr. Dameng Yin from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Holly Croft from University of Sheffield, Dr. Katja Berger from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and Dr. Tao Liu from Michigan Tech. We welcome contributions in related research areas. More details can be found here.

April 2022

Members of ReSEC Lab worked with collaborators from Terramera to fly drones to map several Blueberry farms in Pitt Meadows (British Columbia) to detect plant stresses. A multi-rotor and a fixed-wing drones were tested. High-quality images with a spatial resolution of about 3cm were collected. Ground truthing was conducted afterwards.

March 2022

1. Members of ReSEC Lab had meetings with collaborators from BC Ministry of Agriculture and FoodBC Blueberry CouncilAgassiz Research and Development Centre of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Terramera, and i-Open Technologies to start one project to detect plant stresses in blueberry farms and one project to map invasive Himalayan Blackberries using drone- and satellite-based remote sensing. We hope to support the blueberry growers.

2. Group members Ian McDonald, Lilian Yang, and Parisa Ahmadi attened SFU Wilderness First Aid Training to prepare for coming field surveys in summer.

 

January 2022

Happy New Year!

Welcome Parisa Ahmadi to join the ReSEC Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lilian Yang to join as a PhD student!

December 2021

The ReSEC Lab was funded by Mitacs and industry parters Terramera and i-Open to work on estimations of crop and soil properties using remote sensing big data for supporting precision agriculture. The team will collect multispectral, hyperspectral, thermail, LiDAR, and Radar images acquired by satellites or drones in the growing season of 2022. Precision agriculture is a promising approach for addressing environmental and economic challenges in the agricultural sector (e.g., depletion of water resources, overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, and low profitability).

November 2021

Dr. Bing Lu was invited by the BC Wildlife Federation to speak at the Wetland Institute Speaker Series and discuss his research on wetland mapping and species classification using high-spatial resolution satellite images. Research results are expected to support wetland conservation and management.

October 2021

The ReSEC Lab was funded by the City of Delta to conduct a research titled "Investigating Surface Oscillation at Burns Bog and Associated Influencing Factors using InSAR". Bog's surface height is highly influenced by precipitation, temperature, and other environmental factors. Monitoring the surface height and its spatio-temporal variations are critical for understanding hydrological and ecological processes in the bog.

September 2021

1. Welcome Ian McDonald to join the ReSEC Lab as a MSc student. Welcome Uday Singh and Irene Ho to join the Lab as work-study students.

2. Dr. Bing Lu visited the Agassiz Research and Development Centre of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and discussed with collaborators regarding berry monitoring using remote sensing. We love BC berries!

August 2021

The ReSEC Lab and collaborators surveyed more than 40 transects in the south coast region of British Columbia! Thanks to field staff from Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Spartina Crew from the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, and support from the BC Wildlife Federation. Funding for field crews provided by the province of BC’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative and Conservation Economic Stimulus Initiative.
 

July 2021

Members of ReSEC Lab worked with collaborators to survey vegetation species in the south coastal region of British Columbia.

May 2021

The ReSEC Lab was awarded SFU’s 2021 Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) to work on a project titled "A Community Engaged Approach to Monitor & Mitigate Coastal Land Degradations through Remote Sensing". Thanks to the CEI and our collaborators from South Coast Conservation Land Management Program (SCCLMP), Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN), Raincoast Conservation Foundation (RCF), Environment and Climate Change Canada - Science & Technology Division (ECCC-STD), Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service (ECCC-CWS), and Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA).

April 2021

Member of ReSEC Lab Lucie Dehier-Francescutto was awarded the 2021 Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). She will work on wetland monitoring using remote sensing. Congratulations to Lucie!