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My name is Andrew Davidson, and I am a scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. I am the Manager of Earth Observation in Agriculture Canada's Centre for AgroClimate, Geomatics and Earth Observation (ACGEO). ACGEO is responsible for the operationalization of AAFC's geospatial research.
Like many Government scientists, I maintain strong links to academia. I am an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, where I have taught and supervised students since 2003. I am also an Associate Scientist with the CU Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory (GLEL) and Affiliated Researcher with the CU Global Water Institute.
My academic training is in Physical Geography, with an emphasis on geomatics, remote sensing, spatial analysis and spatio-temporal modeling. I earned a B.Sc from the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh (1993), and an M.Sc and a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto (1995, 2002). I completed my post-doctoral studies in Ottawa at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (2002-2006), the Government of Canada's centre of excellence for remote sensing and geodesy.
I have worked for two Federal Government Departments since 2006. At Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2006-2009), I led the development of a prototype National Crop Monitoring System, a set of tools for acquiring and processing satellite data for near-real-time agricultural assessment from space. At Health Canada (2009-2011), I developed geomatics-based approaches for characterizing human exposure to air pollution. I moved back to Agriculture Canada in a management capacity in 2011.
My research program is generally aligned to my past and present research activities at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and Agriculture Canada. For more details, please see my research and publications pages.
I currently co-lead the Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM). The overarching goal of JECAM is to reach a convergence of approaches, develop monitoring and reporting protocols and best practices for a variety of global agricultural systems. It is intended that the JECAM experiments will facilitate international standards for data products and reporting, eventually supporting the development of a global system of systems for agricultural crop assessment and monitoring. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has taken on the secretariat role of the JECAM project on behalf the GEO Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice.
I continue to actively support Canada's remote sensing community through my involvement with various national and provincial remote sensing organizations. I was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society from 2008-2013, and the Chair of the CRSS Communications Working Group from 2013-2015.
In November 2013, I was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. The RCGS is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada, its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society is one of Canada's largest non-profit educational organizations and is funded primarily by membership fees and generous donations. The Society's Board of Governors and its program committees are comprised entirely of volunteers
Enquiries about any of the material posted on this site can be directed to me by clicking on the email link provided at the top right of this page.
Andrew M. Davidson