BERA Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

2019

Mapping Coarse Woody Debris with Random Forest Classification of Centimetric Aerial Imagery

G.L. Queiroz, G.J. Mcdermid, G. Castilla, and J. Linke. 2019. Forests, 10, 471

High Precision Altimeter Demonstrates Simplification and Depression of Microtopography on Seismic Lines in Treed Peatlands

Stevenson, C. J., Filicetti, A. T., & Nielsen, S. E. 2019. Forests10(4), 295.

A workflow to minimize shadows in UAV-based orthomosaics

Rahman, M.M., G.J. McDermid, T. McKeeman, J. Lovitt, 2019. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems.

Caribou Conservation: Restoring Trees on Seismic Lines in Alberta, Canada

Filicetti, A. T., Cody, M., & Nielsen, S. E, 2019. Forests, 10(2).

2018

Detection of Coniferous Seedlings in UAV Imagery

Corey Feduck, Gregory J. McDermid, ID and Guillermo Castilla, 2018.Forests

Avian community response to understory protection harvesting in the boreal forest of Alberta, Canada

Charchuk, C. and E. Bayne, 2018.Forest Ecology and Management 407, 9-15

Detection accuracy of new well sites using Landsat time series data: a case study in the Alberta Oil Sands Region
Wasson, R. J., & Franklin, S. E. 2018. Remote Sensing Letters9(2), 160-169.

Fire and forest recovery on seismic lines in sandy upland jack pine (Pinus banksiana) forests
Angelo T. Filicetti, Scott E. Nielsen, 2018, Forest Ecology and Management, 421: 32-39.

2017

Classification of annual non-stand replacing boreal forest change in Canada using Landsat time series: A case study in northern Ontario
Ahmed, O.S., M.A. Wulder, L.C. White, T. Hermosilla, N.C. Coops, and S.E. Franklin. 2017. Remote Sensing Letters 8 (1): 29-37.

Hierarchical land cover and vegetation classification using multispectral data acquired from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Ahmed, O.S., A. Shemrock, D. Chabot, C. Dillon, G. Williams, R. Wasson, and S. E. Franklin. 2017.International Journal of Remote Sensing 38(8-10): 2037-2052.

Measuring Vegetation Height in Linear Disturbances in the Boreal Forest with UAV Photogrammetry
Chen, S., McDermid, G., Castilla, G., & Linke, J. (2017). Measuring Vegetation Height in Linear Disturbances in the Boreal Forest with UAV Photogrammetry. Remote Sensing, 9(12), 1257.

Deciduous tree species classification using object-based analysis and machine learning with unmanned aerial vehicle multispectral data
Franklin, S. E., & Ahmed, O. S. (2017).  International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-10.

Northern conifer forest species classification using multispectral data acquired from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Franklin, S. E., Ahmed, O. S., & Williams, G. (2017). Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing83(7), 501-507.

Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Monitoring Recovery of Forest Vegetation on Petroleum Well Sites
Hird, J.N., A. Montaghi, G. J. McDermid, J. Kariyeva, B. Moorman, S.E. Nielsen, and A.C.S. McIntosh. 2017. Remote Sensing.

2016

A simple transformation for visualizing non-seasonal landscape change from dense time series of satellite data
Hird, J.N., G. Castilla, G.J. McDermid, and I.T. Bueno, 2016. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9(8): 3372-3383.

Conference Presentations/Posters:

2018

Basran, K., McDermid, G. & M.M. Rahman. 2018. Mapping groundwater table in Alberta’s boreal region using remote sensing techniques.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Casey, B. , E. Bayne & C. Bater.  2018. Predicting songbird occupancy using LiDAR-derived structural metrics.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Castilla, G., Filiatrault, M., Gartrell, M., Wu, M.F., and McDermid, G. Estimating the height of conifer seedlings in seismic lines with UAV photogrammetry. 39th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Saskatoon, June 19 -21 2018.

Castilla, G., Filiatrault, M., Gartrell, M., Wu, M.F., McDermid, G. Estimating the height of conifer seedlings in recovering linear disturbances with UAV photogrammetry. ForestSAT 2018, College Park MD, Oct 1 -5.

Davidson, S. J., Strack, M., Franklin, C. & S.E. Nielsen. 2018.  Impact of linear disturbances on soil characteristics.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Dietmaier, A., McDermid, G., Rahman, M.M., Castilla, G., Linke, J. & R. Ludwig.  2018.  Comparison of Photogrammetry and LiDAR for Forest Canopy gap detection. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Echiveeri, L., Nielsen, S.E. & E. Macdonald. 2018.  Effects of mounding on the understory regeneration of seismic lines in treed peatlands.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Filiatrault, M., Castilla, G., Gartrell, M., Wu, M.F., & G. McDermid. 2018. Estimating the height of conifer seedlings in recovering linear disturbances with UAV. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Filicetti, A & S.E. Nielsen. 2018.  Forest Recovery and Trajectories on Seismic Lines. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Franklin, C. & S.E. Nielsen. 2018. Abiotic Conditions of Seismic Lines.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Fromm, M., Schubert, M., McDermid, G., Castilla, G. & J. Linke. 2018. Semi-supervised Object Detection in UAV images.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Gregoire, J.& E. Bayne  2018.  Canada Warbler Response to Linear Feature Regeneration.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Hedley, R.W, E. Bayne & J. Gregoire. 2018.  Sound localization for acoustic monitoring of bird populations in response to fire and energy sector activity.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Hird, J., G. McDermid & J. Kariyeva.  2018.  Remote sensing-based characterisation of harvest area regeneration: preliminary results.   Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

LaPointe, R., S. Nielsen & A. Filicetti.  2018. Well pad regeneration in post-fire jack pine (Pinus banksiana) forest. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Lopes Queiroz, G, McDermid, G., Rahman, M.M., Linke, J., Wu, M.F., Castilla, G. & A. N. Hamilton.  2018. Remote Sensing of Coarse Woody Debris in Caribou Habitat.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Losada, S., McDermid, G., Cole, S., Lopes Queiroz, G., Rahman, M.M. & J. Linke. 2018. Seismic Line Mapper. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Luo K., Saeedi S., Badger J., Liang S. 2018.  Using the Internet of Things to Monitor Human and Animal Uses of Industrial Linear Features. In: R. Luaces M., Karimipour F. (eds) Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems. W2GIS 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10819. Springer

Luo, K. , Liang, S., Saeedi, S., Ojagh, S. & J. Badger. 2018.  Boreal forest environment monitoring using IoT.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

McDermid, G.J, Linke, J., Rahman, M.M., Wu, M.F., & G. Castilla. 2018.  Remote Sensing Tools for conifer stocking assessment – part 1: Manual Softcopy Interpretation.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

McDermid, G.J., M.F. Wu, J. Linke, G. Castilla, M. Fromm, M. Schubert. 2018. Remote Sensing Tools for Conifer Stocking Assessment on Boreal Seismic Lines. Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance 2018 Innovation Summit. Calgary, Alberta.

Ojagh, S., Liang, S., Saeedi, S., Luo, K. and J. Badger. 2018. Automatically predicting micro-climates using dynamic time warping.  Lightning talk presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Rahman, M.M. and  G. J. McDermid. 2018. UAV data processing – a strategy to improve point cloud and orthomosaic by removing shadow. 39th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Saskatoon, June 19 -21 2018.

Saeedi, S., Luo, K., Badger, J., Ojagh, S., S. Liang. 2018.  Open standard IoT prototype for vegetation recovery monitoring. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Sánchez, N. U. & E. Bayne  2018.  Disentangling the effects of vegetation disturbance and chronic industrial noise in songbirds.  Lightning talk presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Stevenson, C. J., S.E. Nielsen & A. Filicetti.  2018.  Influence of microtopographic complexity and depression on seismic line forest regeneration. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Strack, M., Korsah, P., Davidson, S.J., Xu, B. & G. Castilla.  2018. Evaluating Boreal peatland vegetation communities and carbon exchange on sites impacted by linear disturbances.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Wu, M.F., Linke, J., Rahman, M.M., McDermid, G.J, & G. Castilla. 2018.  Remote Sensing Tools for conifer stocking assessment – part 2: Automated Object-based Analysis. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 22, 2018.

Wu, M.F., G. J. McDermid, J. Linke, M.M. Rahman. 2018. Airborne remote sensing technologies for coniferous stocking assessment on boreal seismic lines. 39th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Saskatoon, June 19 -21 2018.

2017

Castilla, G. 2017. Estimating the height of individual conifer seedlings using UAV photogrammetry: some preliminary results. COSIA Airborne Remote Sensing Applications Workshop:  Opportunities, Challenges, and Potential Paths Forward, Calgary, AB, Dec 14, 2017.

Castilla, G. 2017. Detecting and measuring conifer seedlings from a drone: can it be done and at what altitudes?  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Charchuk, C.  2017.  The effects of understory protection harvesting on brown creepers in Alberta’s boreal mixedwood forest. Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Chen, S.  2017. Measuring Vegetation Height on Linear Disturbances in the Boreal Forest with UAV Photogrammetry.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Chen, S., G.J. McDermid, G. Castilla, and J. Linke, 2017: Estimating Vegetation Parameters on Seismic Lines with UAV-based Point Clouds. Earth Observation Summit 2017, Montreal, Quebec.

Dawe, C.  2017.  Effects of linear disturbances and fire severity on velvet leaf blueberry in recently burned jack pine forests.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Filicetti, A. 2017.  Effectiveness monitoring of restoration treatments for seismic lines in treed peatlands.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Gregoire, J. 2017. Canada Warbler Response to Linear Feature Regeneration. Poster presentation at The Wildlife Society’s 24th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM, September 23-27, 2017

Gregoire, J.  2017.  Canada Warbler Response to Linear Feature Regeneration.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Hedley, R.W.  2017.  Sound Localization For Acoustic Monitoring of Bird Populations In Response to Fire and Energy Sector Activity.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Liang, S. 2017. An OGC Standard-based Internet of Things Prototype for Vegetation Recovery Monitoring in Northern Alberta, Cairo, Egypt, May 8th 2017

Luo, K., J. Badger, S. Saeedi, and S. Liang. 2017. An OGC Open Standard-based Internet of Things Prototype of Vegetation Recovery Monitoring in Northern Alberta. Oral presentation at Spatial Knowledge and Information (SKI) Canada conference, Banff, AB, Feb 23-25, 2017

Luo, K.  2017.  Human/Animal Footprints Monitoring Using Internet Of Things.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

McDermid, G.J., S. Chen, C. Feduck, M.F. Wu, J. Hird, T. Tan, S.E. Nielsen, J. Linke, G. Castilla, 2017. The Role of UAVs in Restoration Planning and Monitoring, Contributions from the BERA Project.  11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop. June 19, 2017

McDermid, G.J. 2017. Critical remote sensing targets for research and management in the Boreal forest. COSIA Airborne Remote Sensing Applications Workshop:  Opportunities, Challenges, and Potential Paths Forward, Calgary, AB, Dec 14, 2017.

Nielsen, S.E. 2017. Landscape planning for active and passive seismic line restoration. COSIA Innovation Summit. Calgary, AB, Mar 22, 2017.

Nielsen, S.E., A. Filicetti, C. van Rensen, T. Vinge, V. Lieffers 2017. Patterns in seismic line vegetation recovery and landscape restoration planning in Alberta’s oil sands region. 11th North American Forest Ecology Workshop. June 19, 2017.

Saeedi, S., K. Luo, J. Badger and S. Liang. 2017. Using OCG SensorThings for boreal environmental monitoring. Oral presentation at Spatial Knowledge and Information (SKI) Canada conference, Banff, AB, Feb 23-25, 2017.

Saeedi, S.  2017.  Using OGC SensorThings for Boreal Environmental Monitoring.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Sánchez, N. U.  2017.  Understanding Why Certain Songbirds Are More Or Less Tolerant to Chronic Industrial Noise.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Schubert, M.  2017.  Forest restoration assessment using deep learning for image interpretation.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Stevenson, C. J. 2017.  Microtopographic patterns in treated and untreated seismic lines & its implications for tree re-establishment.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Wasson, R., Franklin, S.E., Wulder, M.A. and J. C. White.  2017.  Detection and classification of forest disturbances in the Alberta Oil Sands Region using Landsat time series data.  Presentation at Earth Observation (EO) summit geld in Montreal, Quebec, June 20 to 22, 2017.

Williams, G. and S. E. Franklin.  2017. Comparison of UAV-based RGB camera data to multispectral imagery for determining structural characteristics of a coniferous forest.  Presentation at Earth Observation (EO) summit geld in Montreal, Quebec, June 20 to 22, 2017.

Wilson, S.  2017.  Bird Use of Reclaimed Wellsites In The Boreal Forest Of Alberta.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

Wu, M.F.  2017.  Assessing the Value of Digital Photogrammetry for Remote Survey of Conifer Stocking.  Lightning talk and poster presentations at the BERA fall research workshop, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2017.

2016

Ahmed, O.S., M. Stefanuk, Skeries, E. and S.E. Franklin. 2016. Random Forest classification of wetland communities using geomorphometry, quad-polarimetric SAR, lidar and optical remote sensing data. Poster presentation at the ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum, Fort Worth, Texas, April 11-14, 2016.

Ahmed, O. S., E. M. Skeries, M. A. Stefanuk, and S. E. Franklin. 2016. Integration and fusion of Radarsat-2 and Landsat-8 satellite sensor data for improved wetland mapping in the Hudson Bay Lowlands Ecoregion. Poster presentation at Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 7-9, 2016.

Ahmed, O.S., and S.E. Franklin. 2016. Discrimination of Deciduous Tree Species Using UAV Multispectral Imagery, OBIA and Machine Learning. Oral presentation at Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 7-9, 2016.

Badger, J., K. Luo, S. Saeedi, and S. Liang. 2016. Assisting Data Visualization and Discovery. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Chen, S., G.J. McDermid, G. Castilla, J. Linke, J. Hird, and C. Feduck. 2016. Characterizing Vegetation Structure on Seismic Lines Using UAV Point Clouds. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Cole, S., G.J. McDermid, J. Cranston, M. Palmer, J. Tigner, and M. Hall-Beyer. 2016. The Development of Remote Sensing Tools for Mapping Linear Disturbances in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories. Oral presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) meeting, San Franciso, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016.

Cole, S., G.J. McDermid, J. Cranston, M. Palmer, J. Tigner, and M. Hall-Beyer. 2016. A Workflow for the Semi-Automated Detection and Attribution of Linear Features in a Forested Environment. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Feduck, C. 2016. Object Based CART Analysis for Feature Extraction of Coniferous Seedlings from High Resolution True Colour and Near Infrared Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Feduck, C., and G.J. McDermid. 2016. Object oriented classification of high resolution true-color and near-infrared unmanned aerial vehicle imagery. Oral presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) meeting, San Franciso, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016.

Filicetti, A., and S. E. Nielsen. 2016. Can fire be a tool for forest recovery on seismic lines?.Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Franklin, S.E., O.S. Ahmed, G. Williams, R. Wasson, and M. Stefanuk. 2016. Airborne multispectral sensor data and object-based image analysis for improved forest classification. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Franklin, S.E., O.S. Ahmed, R. Wasson, M. Stefanuk, E. Skeries and G. Williams. 2016. Satellite remote sensing of boreal forest and wetland vegetation cover and change. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Gregoire, J., and E. Bayne. 2016. Songbird response to recovering seismic lines and the influence of scale. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Hird, J.N., A. Montaghi, G. J. McDermid, T. Tan, J. Kariyeva, S. Nielsen, B. Moorman, and A.C.S. McIntosh. 2016. Assessing the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Surveying Vegetation Recovery at Reclaimed Wellsites in Canada’s Western Boreal Forests. Oral presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) meeting, San Franciso, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016.

Hird, J.N., A. Montaghi, G. J. McDermid, A.C.S. McIntosh, and J. Kariyeva. 2016. Comparing field- and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle derived vegetation metrics. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Luo, K., J. Badger, S. Saeedi, and S. Liang. 2016. An OGC Open Standard-based Internet of Things Prototype of Vegetation Recovery Monitoring in Northern Alberta. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016

McDermid, G.J., G. Castilla, S. Liang, S. Nielsen, E. Bayne, and S.E. Franklin. 2016. The Boreal Ecosystem Recovery and Assessment (BERA) Project: Developing Geospatial Tools for Monitoring Vegetation Recovery on Human Disturbance Features in Alberta’s Boreal Forest. Poster presentation at the Oil Sands Symposium, Calgary, AB, November 22, 2016.

Tan, T.W.H., and S. E. Nielsen. 2016. Case studies in the use of UAVs to study ecological questions in the in situ oil sands region of Alberta. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Saeedi, S., K. Luo, J. Badger and S. Liang. 2016. Using OCG SensorThings for boreal environmental monitoring. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Wilson, S., and E. Bayne. 2016. Bird Use of Reclaimed Well Sites In The Boreal Forest Of Alberta. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.

Wu,M.F., J.N. Hird, G. J. McDermid. 2016. Developing a semi-automated Remote Sensing Protocol on Seismic Line Reclamation Monitoring. Poster presentations at the BERA stakeholder engagement workshop, Edmonton, AB, November 30, 2016 & CIF seismic line restoration session, Edmonton, AB, December 1, 2016.