Campus Directory: Craig Coburn

University of Lethbridge

Craig Coburn
Environmental Science Program
Office: WE2002 (Alberta Water & Env Science Bldg)
Phone: (403) 317-2818
Geography and Environment Dept
Office: WE2002 (Alberta Water & Env Science Bldg)
Phone: (403) 317-2818


B.Sc. (Hons.) (Geography); M.Sc. (Geography); Ph.D. (Geography/Remote Sensing)


Remote sensing science, Image processing, Environmental remote sensing, Bidirectional reflectance

Research Areas

Remote sensing, Riparian zones, Image processing, Bidirectional reflectance

Office Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Day (i.e. Monday, or MWF) 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Craig A. Coburn received his B.Sc. (honours) from the University of Saskatchewan
in 1994, M.Sc. in Geography from the University of Alberta in 1996 and
Ph.D. in Geography/Remote Sensing in 2002 from Simon Fraser University,
B.C. Canada. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography at The
University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 2002 and prmoted to Associate Professor in 2009. His
primary research interests are in characterizing image texture,
multiresolution data analysis, spatial statistics and remote sensing
system development with applications in forestry and terrain modelling.

Selected Publications

Research Interests

My research is broadly focused in the field of remote sensing science. I am most interested in searching for new ways of visualizing problems and extracting information from remotely sensed data. This requires generating different approaches to gleaning information from data or making discoveries by testing previously held notions of the way things "work". My research spans all areas of RS science, from the collection of data with airborne remote sensing systems to the development of algorithms to process these data.

Recent activities include developing a 6-band digital remote sensing system for testing in the summer of 2005, I hope to include a photographic system some time in 2006. I have also built and tested several field and laboratory goniometers that measures the BRDF of canopies. These instruments will be used to help understand the changing nature of various canopies and the role of BRDF in remote sensing.

I continue to pursue a variety of interests in the field of image texture and am working on image processing problems related to processing data with compex structures (spatial and spectral). My applied research is currenlty focusing on determining forest stand structural change caused by insect damage, as well as the remote estimation of drought conditions in the prairies.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Remote Sensing of Cattle Wintering Sites Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, $45,000, over 3 years.

Craig Coburn, University of Lethbridge
Remote sensing of environmental dynamics in riparian cottonwood forests of Southern Alberta. Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, $250,000, over 3 years.

Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge Stewart Rood, University of Lethbridge; Matthew Letts, University of Lethbridge
Topoclimatic and Remote Sensing Analysis of Rocky Mountain Watersheds Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, $318,000, over 3 years.

Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge Matthew Letts, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
National Land and Water Information System (Southern Alberta Ground Truth) Agriculture and Agrifood Canada 2006
Mountain Pine Beetle Detection and Monitoring: Remote Sensing Evaluations Forestry Innovation Investment 2005

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