Anna Pacheco, M.Sc.

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Senior National Coordinator, Living Laboratories Division

Support and coordinate the science project activities of the Living Laboratories Network across Canada.

Current research and/or projects

The Living Laboratories Initiative is an integrated approach to agricultural innovation that brings farmers, scientists, and other partners together to co-develop, test, and monitor new practices and technologies in a real-life context.

The result will be more practical technologies and sustainable farming practices adopted more quickly by Canadian farmers. A nationwide network of sites will be developed to create innovative solutions to help the sector:

  • Adjust to climate change
  • Reduce water contamination
  • Improve soil and water conservation
  • Maximize habitat capacity and biodiversity on agricultural landscapes

Current active Living Labs Sites include:

  • Living Lab - Atlantic
  • Living Lab - Eastern Prairies
  • Living Lab - Quebec

Education and awards


1999-2004 Master of Science in Geography (Remote Sensing), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

1997-1999 Bachelor of Arts in Geography, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario


  • AAFC Management and Leadership Program (May 2018)
  • Writing Targeted Briefing Notes (March 2012)
  • How Ottawa Works (March 2012),
  • Performance Management (February 2011)
  • Employee Engagement and Internal Communications (January 2011)
  • Theories, Techniques and Tools in Supervision (March 2010)
  • Project Management (December 2006).


  • Nominated for The Commission on Graduate Studies in Sciences prize, which recognizes the excellence of a master's thesis in the sciences, University of Ottawa. March 2004.
  • Recipient of the Admission and Excellence Scholarship - September 1999.
  • Recipient of the North and Nature Studies Group Award, June 1998.

Key publications

  1. Colliander, A., Jackson, T.J., Bindlish, R., Chan, S., Das, N., Kim, S.B., Cosh, M.H., Dunbar, R.S., Dang, L., Pashaian, L., Asanuma, J., Aida, K., Berg, A., Rowlandson, T., Bosch, D., Caldwell, T., Caylor, K., Goodrich, D., al Jassar, H., Lopez-Baeza, E., Martínez-Fernández, J., González-Zamora, A., Livingston, S., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A., Moghaddam, M., Montzka, C., Notarnicola, C., Niedrist, G., Pellarin, T., Prueger, J., Pulliainen, J., Rautiainen, K., Ramos, J., Seyfried, M., Starks, P., Su, Z., Zeng, Y., van der Velde, R., Thibeault, M., Dorigo, W., Vreugdenhil, M., Walker, J.P., Wu, X., Monerris, A., O'Neill, P.E., Entekhabi, D., Njoku, E.G., Yueh, S. (2017). Validation of SMAP surface soil moisture products with core validation sites, 191 215-231.

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  2. Garnaud, C., Bélair, S., Carrera, M.L., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A. (2017). Field-scale spatial variability of soil moisture and L-band brightness temperature from land surface modeling, 18(3), 573-589.

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  3. Chan, S.K., Bindlish, R., O'Neill, P.E., Njoku, E., Jackson, T., Colliander, A., Chen, F., Burgin, M., Dunbar, S., Piepmeier, J., Yueh, S., Entekhabi, D., Cosh, M.H., Caldwell, T., Walker, J., Wu, X., Berg, A., Rowlandson, T., Pacheco, A., McNairn, H., Thibeault, M., Martinez-Fernandez, J., Gonzalez-Zamora, A., Seyfried, M., Bosch, D., Starks, P., Goodrich, D., Prueger, J., Palecki, M., Small, E.E., Zreda, M., Calvet, J.C., Crow, W.T., Kerr, Y. (2016). Assessment of the SMAP Passive Soil Moisture Product, 54(8), 4994-5007.

    2016 - View publication details

  4. Hosseini, M., McNairn, H., Merzouki, A., Pacheco, A. (2015). Estimation of Leaf Area Index (LAI) in corn and soybeans using multi-polarization C- and L-band radar data, 170 77-89.

    2015 - View publication details

  5. Pacheco, A., McNairn, H., Mahmoodi, A., Champagne, C., Kerr, Y.H. (2015). The Impact of National Land Cover and Soils Data on SMOS Soil Moisture Retrieval over Canadian Agricultural Landscapes, 8(11), 5281-5293.

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  6. Ojo, E.R., Bullock, P.R., L’Heureux, J., Powers, J., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A. (2015). Calibration and evaluation of a frequency domain reflectometry sensor for real-time soil moisture monitoring, 14(3),

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  7. Merzouki, A., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A. (2011). Mapping Soil Moisture Using RADARSAT-2 Data and Local Autocorrelation Statistics, 4(1), 128-137.

    2011 - View publication details

  8. Pacheco, A., McNairn, H. (2010). Evaluating multispectral remote sensing and spectral unmixing analysis for crop residue mapping, 114(10), 2219-2228.

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  9. Merzouki, A., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A. (2010). Evaluation of the Dubois, Oh, and IEM radar backscatter models over agricultural fields using C-band RADARSAT-2 SAR image data, 36 S274-S286.

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  10. Pacheco, A., Bannari, A., Staenz, K., McNairn, H. (2008). Deriving percent crop cover over agriculture canopies using hyperspectral remote sensing, 34 S110-S123.

    2008 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6



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