CASI Chronicles

Welcome to our new podcast series, CASI Chronicles where you’ll meet the unsung heroes of the Canadian aeronautics, aerospace and associated technologies communities.

In the inaugural episode, we sat down with Dr. Brian Brisco, a leading research scientist at Natural Resources Canada and former president of both CASI and CRSS. Dr. Brisco tells us about his long and successful career working in remote sensing, which got its start with a little help from Brigitte Bardot. To learn more, listen in!

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CASI Chronicles Episode 1: Dr. Brian Brisco

Executive Producer: Danielle Tremblay, Communications Specialist, CASI
Producer: Tessa Boyd, student, uOttawa
Interviewer: Rachel Kaszanits, student, uOttawa
Sound recordist: Yaameen Khan, student, uOttawa
Research: Fayth Lou, student, uOttawa
Post production coordinator: Oliver Parker, student, uOttawa
Student supervisor: Professor Betsey Baldwin, uOttawa
Podcast editor: Richard Millen, Editor


The team assembled after a great interview with Brian Brisco.

Back row: Yameen Khan, Danielle Tremblay, Fayth Lou, Rachel Kaszanits.
Front: Brian Brisco, Tessa Boyd (asbsent Oliver Parker, Betsey Baldwin).

Biography – Brian Brisco

Dr. Brisco is an internationally recognized authority on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and its application to a wide range of environmental monitoring applications.  Brian received a Ph. D. degree in remote sensing/physical geography from the University of Kansas in 1985.  He also earned a M.Sc. degree in soil science and a B.Sc. degree in ecology, both from the University of Guelph.  Brian has been involved in remote sensing since 1975 and participated in the SURSAT project from 1977-1980 before spending 4 years at the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Kansas under the supervision of Dr. F.T. Ulaby, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on radar.

He worked for Intera from 1989 until 1997 as a research associate after completion of an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship served at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing.  From 1997 to 2004 Brian worked for Noetix Research Inc. where he was the Director of Research and Applications Development. In 2004 he joined CCRS as a research scientist.  His research activities focus on using remote sensing, particularly Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), for mapping and managing renewable resources.  His extensive publications include studies on vegetation characterization, crop identification and monitoring, conservation farming/ soil erosion mapping, soil moisture estimation, land cover mapping, wetland mapping, rangeland management, forestry, and developing tools and techniques for ground truth data acquisition.  His work has included experience with interferometry, polarimetry, and radar backscatter modeling including software development and operational implementation.

Brian has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications including over 50 peer reviewed journal publications and is the author of two chapters in the Manual of Remote Sensing volume on radar applications published by ASPRS.  He provides peer review services to all the major remote sensing journals and participates as an external examiner for many graduate students at various universities in Canada and abroad. Brian has been consulted or contracted by government and non-government organizations on a wide range of SAR applications and system development including NRCan, CSA, DND, AAFC, EC, NASA, ESA, NASDA, NOAA, USDA, CAS, etc. Brian has extensive contacts in the SAR community worldwide and has worked in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Columbia, and Costa Rica. Dr. Brisco is a Past-President of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).