CCRS achievements in the areas of optical methodology development and applications have been numerous, with many being firsts in Canada and the world.
Some examples of current optical EO research activities at CCRS include:
Using satellite remote sensing to monitor and assess ecosystem integrity and climate change in Canada's National Parks (2010 - 04)
The Five-Scale radiative transfer model (2009 – 02): a radiative transfer model that simulates the BRDF according to structural and biochemical properties of the vegetation.
Optical Leaf Area Index (LAI) In-situ Measurements (2009 – 01): NRCan scientists have developed methods to measure the leaf density in vegetation canopies with minimum destructive sampling.
Northern Land Cover of Canada – Circa 2000 (2009 – 01): generated to provide spatially and thematically consistent land and vegetation cover information for North of the treeline, this dataset was based on medium- resolution (30 m) Landsat images.