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Brigitte Leblon

Professor (On leave until 2023)


Forestry and Environmental Management

I.U.C. Forestry 210

1 506 453 4924

Academic interests

  • Development of sensors (GPR, NIR, MR) for the wood industry
  • UAV for precision agriculture and environmental applications
  • RADARSAT-2 polarimetric and compact polarimetric imaging applied to environmental applications (forest fire, wetland, permafrost)
  • High spatial optical and UAV images for eelgrass mapping
  • TanDEM-X interferometric and LiDAR data applied to forest biomass

Brief biography

Prof. Brigitte Leblon is professor of remote sensing as well as the director of TRANSFOR-M and of the Remote/Wood Sensing Laboratory at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. TRANSFOR-M is a dual degree Master’s program in forestry and environment between Europe and Canada, which got in 2014 an international award for the most innovative graduate program. She is also adjunct professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at Dalhousie University.

She holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD in remote sensing of the École Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (France). She has published over 200 refereed publications and received several significant NSERC and NBIF grants over a variety of research topics, including applications of remote sensing for fuel moisture, Arctic environments, archeology in tropical environments, eelgrass, wetlands as well as the development of sensors for the wood industry. With her students, she won more than 30 prestigious awards, such as several awards for best oral and poster presentations and papers as well as awards for the best master or undergraduate theses in Canada.

Dr. Leblon pioneered the development of online courses in Geomatics, which are offered not only in English, but also in French and in Spanish. Dr. Leblon is Dr. Leblon is also very active in university affairs, having served as the associate director of the UNB Wood Science and Technology Centre, and currently serving as a member of the Senate Academic Planning committee, the FOREM Senator, the founding member of the Senate Internationalization committee, and the coordinator of the European strategy of UNB. She was also teaching at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch (South Africa) and is a visiting professor of the Faculty of Forestry at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität of Freiburg (Germany).

She is principal investigator in several international research projects. She is associate editor of two international remote sensing journals and served as guest editor for several international journals. She was also keynote speakers and session chairs and scientific committee member of several international conferences. She is the vice-president of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society and chairs several committees of the Society. She is also the President of the Southern Gulf of St-Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability, a non-profit organization that has more than 300 members coming from the non-for profit sector, First Nations, business, government, and academia in Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edwards Island, and Nova Scotia.

Courses taught

  • Photo-interpretation, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in Forestry
  • Geomatics with Arc GIS
  • MEM Project Report

Selected papers

Sadeghi, Y., St-Onge, B., Leblon, B., Simard, M. 2017. Effects of TanDEM-X acquisition parameters on the accuracy of digital surface models of a boreal forest canopy, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 43(2), 194-207

Haddadi, A., Hans, G., Leblon, B., Nader, J., Pirouz, Z., Groves, K., Tsuchikawa, S. 2016. Determination of optical parameters and moisture content of wood with visible-NIR spectroscopy, Journal of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, 24 (6), 571-585

Ou, C., LaRocque, A., Leblon, B. Yu, Z., Webster, K., McLaughlin, J. 2016. Mapping permafrost using RADARSAT-2 and LANDSAT images, 2 – Regional mapping, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(12), 2751-2779.

Leblon, B., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., Bourgeau-Chavez, L., Kong, M., 2016., Remote Sensing of Wildfires In Baghdadi N. et Zribi M. (Eds), Remote Sensing for Land Surface Observation: Environment and Risks, Volume 6, Chapter 3, pp. 55-96, Elsevier Publisher (invited paper)

LaRocque, A, et al. 2017. Mapping features of potential Mayan sites in the Northern Petén area (Mexico) using optical and radar remote sensing, 2017 Maya Meetings, Austin (USA), 13 p. (invited paper)