"Remote Sensing Project Manager - DOC"
Applications of Remote Sensing and Geomatics Technologies in Watershed Health Co-Chair Biographies: 1. Dr. Raúl Ponce-Hernandez is an Associate Professor and Director of Applied Geomatics, Remote Sensing and Land Resources Laboratory (GEORESLAR) at Trent University. His primary research interests are in the field of geomatics, the use of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial modelling of spatially referenced data in resource assessment and monitoring; and particularly the integration of multiple applications to the inventory, assessment and evaluation of natural resources (particularly land) for resource planning, management and conservation. He focuses on spatial statistics, spatial modelling of natural and human-induced processes in the context of watershed management and Spatial Decision Support Systems. He is mainly involved in projects studying land use degradation and planning with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the United Nations Environment Programme and other United Nations agencies. Raul is a member of the Afforestation/ Reforestation Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and acts as a consultant and advisor to the United Nations Economic and Social Cooperation for West Asia on land degradation assessment and desertification; and to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in land and water resources assessment and management. 2. Frank Kenny is a Project Manager within the Ontario Government’s Water Resource Information Program (WRIP). WRIP is designed to work across Ontario Government Ministries in supporting water data custodians develop/refine their spatial datasets, making these datasets openly accessible and helping implement solid data management practices. Current major WRIP projects include, developing Provincial DEMs, Flow Direction Grids and Watershed Layers (MNR), Municipal/Tile Drain Mapping (cooperative with OMAFRA), Managing Source Water Protection Data Flows (cooperative with MOE and Conservation Authorities), Hydrology and Watershed data development in Ontario’s Far North (MNR-MNDM) and providing GIS support to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) International Upper Great Lakes initiative. Frank completed his undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering (U. of Waterloo) and a Masters degree in Engineering Geology (ITC - The Netherlands). He has worked over 20 years in Remote Sensing/GIS field for various public agencies including the Ontario Centre for Remote Sensing (MNR), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the United Nations – Food and Agricultural Organization (UN-FAO).