Caren Binding

Research Scientist - Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing

Current research and/or projects

 Contributing to Water S&T by conducting research on aquatic optics and remote sensing of inland waters

  • Development, validation and application of bio-geo-optical models and algorithms for the retrieval of water quality information from in situ and remotely sensed water colour in optically complex coastal and inland waters
  • Characterisation of the optical properties of the main dissolved and particulate colour producing agents
  • Strengthening the capabilities for the operational use of earth observation techniques in monitoring aquatic processes through the development of autonomous satellite image acquisition & processing methods applicable to aquatic colour sensors such as MODIS, SeaWiFS and MERIS
  • Analysis and interpretation of derived remote sensing water quality products in relation to water quality issues such as harmful algal blooms, suspended particulates & water clarity

Professional activities / interests

Research Fellow on two Canadian Space Agency GRIP projects aimed at producing remotely sensed water quality products for the lower Great Lakes and developing techniques for detection of harmful algal blooms from multispectral aquatic colour

Collaboration with EU partners to initiate the use of ships of opportunity to demonstrate the value of above-water radiometry for water quality monitoring of European waters

With support from the UK Natural Environment Research Council, developed inverse modelling methods for the retrieval of suspended sediments in UK shelf seas with the subsequent study of sediment properties in relation to tidal dynamics

Reviewer for the journals Remote Sensing of Environment, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, International Journal of Remote Sensing

Education and awards

N.S.E.R.C. Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow

Ph.D. Remote Sensing, M.Sc. Marine Environmental Protection, University of Wales, Bangor, UK

Key publications

Binding, C.E., J.H. Jerome, W.G. Booty and R.P. Bukata. 2008. Spectral absorption properties of dissolved and particulate matter in Lake Erie. Remote Sensing of Environment. 112:1702-1711.

Ellis, K.M., C.E. Binding, D.G. Bowers, S.E. Jones and J.H. Simpson. 2008. A Model of Turbidity Maximum Maintenance in the Irish Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 76:765-774.

Binding, C.E., J.H. Jerome, R.P. Bukata and W.G. Booty. 2007. Trends in water clarity of the Great Lakes from SeaWiFS and CZCS aquatic colour. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 33(4): 828-841.

Bowers, D.G. and C.E. Binding. 2006. The optical properties of mineral suspended particles: A review and synthesis. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 67:219-230.

Binding, C.E., D.G. Bowers and E.G. Mitchelson-Jacob. 2005. Estimating suspended sediment concentrations from ocean colour observations in moderately turbid waters; the impact of variable particle scattering properties. Remote Sensing of Environment. 94(3):373-383.

Binding, C.E., D.G. Bowers and E.G. Mitchelson-Jacob. 2003. An algorithm for the retrieval of suspended sediment concentrations in the Irish Sea from SeaWiFS ocean colour satellite imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 24(19):3791-3806.

Research facility

867 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON L7S 1A1


Member of the Challenger Society for Marine Science; Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society; Alliance for Marine Remote Sensing; and the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group