Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars: Lessons learned from a career in remote sensing
About the Webinar
Dr. McNairn is thrilled to be invited to deliver a webinar for the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Women in Africa initiative. She will discuss an overview of her research, and will provide her perspective on the amazing future that SAR will play in monitoring agro- ecosystems. Dr. McNairn is a proud member of the GRSS IDEA team and is co-chair of GRSS’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Belonging (DEIAB) committee. She has been a life-long champion of supporting women in the field of remote sensing.
About the Speaker
Dr. Heather McNairn Dr. Heather McNairn is a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri- food Canada (AAFC) in Ottawa (Canada). Dr. McNairn has 30 years of research experience in developing methods to monitor soils and crops using multi-spectral, hyperspectral and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors. She has led experiments at sites across Canada, gathering SAR data for crops and soils using ground based scatterometers and aircraft (CV-580, AIRSAR and UAVSAR). Given Canada’s SAR presence in space, she has published extensively on the exploitation of RADARSAT (1, 2 and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)) for agriculture. Dr. McNairn has authored or co-authored more than 140 peer reviewed journal publications. Dr. McNairn graduated with a Ph.D. in Geography from Université Laval (1999), a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Guelph (1992) and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography from the University of Waterloo (1987).