SER Webinar: Advances in Remote Sensing to Support Coastal Habitat Monitoring & Resiliency

Grant Wiseman, Carl Ferraro

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Satellite imagery provides cost-effective and reliable information to aid in coastal restoration and resiliency efforts. Learn about Stantec’s recent pilot study on the Louisiana Barrier Islands where new innovative remote sensing technologies are being used to help our client monitor and prioritize restoration efforts in the face of climate change and natural disasters. We acquired high-resolution satellite imagery daily in optical (red, green, blue) and near-infrared (NIR) channels for the entire Barrier Island chain at a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial photos. For the past five years, Stantec, in partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) have been using Object-Based Image Analysis (OBIA) and Interferomic Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to establish baseline conditions for this site with incredible precision and accuracy, including vegetation health, shoreline delineation, and land changes resulting from erosion and deposition. Speakers: Grant Wiseman (Stantec Geomatics Remote Sensing Specialist) and Carl Ferraro (Stantec Senior Environmental Scientist). Grant’s diverse remote sensing background sets him apart from other remote sensing professionals—he’s completed studies across the globe. Grant has worked in the rainforests of central Borneo and in the Canadian high arctic, applying his remote sensing skillset on a wide variety of applications, mapping mountain gorilla habitats and delineating native American archaeology. He’s also utilized many types of remotely sensed imagery from ultraviolet light and thermal energy to synthetic aperture radar. With more than 25 years of experience working in coastal programs, Carl provides clients with the expertise needed to successfully plan coastal restoration and economic development projects. These innovative plans and designs work with natural systems, leveraging our “eco capital” to reduce impacts to coastal resources.

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Pre-approved for CECs under SER's CERP program