GFMC Meetings Calendar 2017

The Role of Remote Sensing in Wildfire Management and Research
20-22 June 2017, Montreal, Canada

The Wildfire Remote Sensing Workshop is a 2.5 day long program within the Earth Observation Summit 2017. It will bring together the Canadian and international community involved that uses remote sensing as applied to wildfire. Several aspects of management and research will be addressed, including areas that relate to pre-fire monitoring and post-fire mapping. It covers the involvements from ground to space, and touches on popular topics such as the use of drones, international collaboration and the cost of fires.

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, specific abstract-based presentations will be in parallel break-out sessions, interrupted by short periods of general discussion. For suggested topics for abstracts, please see the list below. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning will be reserved for panel discussions with Canadian and international representatives from the federal and provincial government, industry and academic world represented in the panels.

As a general EO Summit participant the access will not only be limited to the Wildfire Remote Sensing Workshop but you will have free participation in the complete EO Summit 2017 program which includes keynotes from renowned speakers related to other Earth Observation areas, and a number of exiting training and special events.


  1. To provide a status on current capabilities in remote sensing applied to all phases of wildland fire management and research (pre-fire, during fire and post-fire).

  2. To better understand the challenges related to implementing remote sensing and fire research into operational fire management.

  3. To identify areas of collaboration between ground-, air- and space capabilities to strengthen wildfire management in Canada and abroad.
  4. To bring together leaders and experts in the remote sensing and wildland fire community from Canada and abroad to explore, discuss, establish or strengthen collaborations and partnerships to support wildland fire management and research.

Call for Suggested Topics for Abstracts

–          Wildland Fire Danger Rating
–          Estimation of Fuel Characteristics
–          Fuel Moisture Mapping
–          Smoke and Air Quality
–          Real-Time Fire monitoring and mapping (perimeter, area, spread rate, intensity)
–          Current satellite platforms providing fire monitoring and mapping data
–          Use of drones in fire management
–          Use of airborne RS in fire management
–          Burn severity mapping
–          Post-fire burned area mapping
–          Carbon emissions
–          National and International Collaboration in Wildfire Remote Sensing
–          The role of Remote Sensing in Wildfire Cost Reduction

Organizing Committee

  • Milène Beaudoin, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Québec, Service de la gestion du feu et de la réglementation
  • Guillermo Castilla, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre / Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie du Nord
  • Joshua Johnston, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre / Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Grands Lacs
  • Timothy Lynham, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre / Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Grands Lacs
  • Daniel Perrakis, BC Wildfire Service, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations
  • Helena (Marleen) van Mierlo, Canadian Space Agency / Agence spatiale canadienne
  • Jinkai Zhang, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Wildfire Remote Sensing Workshop Website

Mailing address:
Earth Observation Summit – Wildfire Workshop
Canadian Space Agency – Agence spatiale canadienne
6767 route de l’Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, QC, Canada J3Y 8Y9

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