Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Coops (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Towards near real time forest inventory using satellite and laser scanning data

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. He obtained his PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and then worked at CSIRO, the Australian government research labs.

Nicholas’ research focuses on the application of remote sensing imagery to the monitoring and mapping of forest and vegetation health and productivity. A key research focus is the development of forest inventory techniques using high spatial resolution optical remote sensing imagery and LiDAR.


Laura Duncanson (University of Maryland, USA)

Global forest biomass budgets from GEDI and ICESat-2 – How can satellite data inform forest conservation and policy

Laura Duncanson is an Assistant Professor of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.Sc. Hons. from Queen’s University if Kingston, Ontario, MSc at the University of Victoria, and PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015.

Her research focuses on using LiDAR remote sensing for biomass mapping, ecological studies, and policy relevant applications. She has worked with spaceborne LiDAR for over a decade starting with ICESat’s GLAS, and has worked for the past five years on algorithm development for GEDI’s biomass products.