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UMFK Environmental Studies Speaker Series discussion on remote sensing

April 4, 2016

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photo of Emmanuelle Frechette

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series will host a presentation by Emmanuelle Fréchette on Friday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in UMFK's Nadeau Hall conference room.

The presentation is titled “Remote sensing as tool for ecosystem productivity assessment and sustainable forest management.” In this talk, she will present remote sensing applications and recent research developments for ecosystem productivity assessment, as well as sustainable forest management.

According to Emmanuelle, “Forests are dynamic ecosystems and are constantly changing. Recent advances in remote sensing technology now allow the monitoring of forest change at large spatial scales, and high temporal resolution. For instance, climate warming is changing the photosynthetic capacity of forests, and remotely sensed spectral reflectance allows a close monitoring forest productivity and carbon sequestration. In forestry, information on forest composition, regeneration and growth is of crucial importance to forest managers, who rely on remote sensing for sustainable forest management.”

The event is free and the public is encourage to attend.

Emmanuelle Fréchette is a researcher at the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (NHRI) in Edmundston, New Brunswick. She specializes in remote sensing and tree ecophysiology, particularly related to photosynthesis and environmental stress.

Currently, she works on refining the remote sensing methods used for tracking the photosynthetic activity of forest vegetation. Emmanuelle also works on the development of remote sensing tools for the characterization of forest stands for the improvement of silviculture and forest management.

She holds a master's degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently finalizing a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations are open to the public and cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.

For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dave Hobbins at (207) 834-7614.