The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the UBC Emeritus College have assembled a cohort of Emeriti to participate in the 2022-23 PWIAS Catalyst Program.
The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort will meet monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the “Climate and Nature Emergency”.
This month, we have two speakers:
Lori Daniels, Professor, Faculty of Forestry (UBC) Forest and Conservation Sciences
Nicholas Coops, Professor, Faculty of Forestry (UBC) and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in remote sensing
Digital Forested ecosystems
New sensors, and data for addressing climate change in Canadian Forests
Canada’s forests are highly sensitive to climate change, in particular increases in forest disturbances such as fire, drought and infestations. Concurrently, Canada’s forest offer significant potential as a natural climate solution, to sequester additional carbon from the atmosphere. Remote sensing and sensor technologies offer significant potential to better understand, and manage Canada’s forest and help provide tools and practical solutions for decision-makers, managers and planners to adapt their forest management practices. These decisions will then improve both resistance to stressors and resilience to disturbance, and thereby ensure the longevity of forest-based communities across Canada. Nicholas will provide an overview of some of these new advances, currently being investigated at UBC, and with collaborators, and discuss their use and adoption as we adjust to a new climate reality for our forests.