Catherine Champagne, Ph.D.

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Environmental Scientist

Dr. Catherine Champagne leads applied research and development on agroclimate, remote sensing, yield forecasting, drought monitoring, agricultural water balances and land dynamics. 

Current research and/or projects

  • Estimating risk to agricultural systems from drought and excess moisture from earth observation
  • Crop yield forecasting at regional and local spatial scales
  • Drought forecasting
  • Soil moisture and agricultural water management
  • Building integrated modelling and data explotation systems using geospatial data

Professional activities / interests

  • Canadian Society for Agriculture and Forest Meteorology (CSAFM)
  • Adjunct in Department of Geography at University of Guelph
  • NASA Harvest Partner
  • Global Earth Observation Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM)
  • American Geophysical Union Hydrology and Remote Sensing

Education and awards

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Physical Geography , University of Guelph  2011
Evaluation of Agricultural Soil Moisture Extremes in Canada Using Passive Microwave Remote Sensing

Master of Science (M.Sc.) – Physical Geography, University of Ottawa     2002
Remote Sensing of Plant Water Content for Precision Agriculture: The Potential for Hyperspectral Modelling

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Physical Geography, McGill University  1998

Key publications

  1. Tadesse, T., Champagne, C., Wardlow, B.D., Hadwen, T.A., Brown, J.F., Demisse, G.B., Bayissa, Y.A., Davidson, A.M. (2017). Building the vegetation drought response index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada) to monitor agricultural drought: first results, 54(2), 230-257. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15481603.2017.1286728

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  2. Champagne, C., Rowlandson, T.L., Berg, A.A., Burns, T., L'Heureux, J., Tetlock, E., Adams, J.R., McNairn, H., Toth, B.M., and Itenfisu, D. (2016). "Satellite Surface Soil Moisture from SMOS and Aquarius: Assessment for Applications in Agricultural Landscapes.", International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 45(Part B), pp. 143-154. doi : 10.1016/j.jag.2015.09.004

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  3. Roy, S.K., Rowlandson, T.L., Berg, A.A., Champagne, C., and Adams, J.R. (2016). "Impact of sub-pixel heterogeneity on modelled brightness temperature for an agricultural region.", International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 45(Part B), pp. 212-220. doi : 10.1016/j.jag.2015.10.003

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  4. Dong, T., Liu, J., Shang, J., Qian, B., Huffman, T., Zhang, Y., Champagne, C., Daneshfar, B. (2016). Assessing the impact of climate variability on cropland productivity in the Canadian Prairies using time series MODIS FAPAR, 8(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs8040281

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  5. Chipanshi, A.C., Qian, B., Smith, W.N., Desjardins, R.L., Waldick, R.C., Audet, R., Jégo, G., Worth, D.E., Champagne, C., and McDonald, D. (2015). "Climate information use and requirements in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.", CCDS Workshop, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, October 21, 2015. (Presentation)

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  6. Catherine Champagne, Jesslyn Brown, Tsegaye Tadesse, Trevor Hadwen, Andrew M. Davidson and Richard Warren.2015. Monitoring Agricultural Drought in Canada using the Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI). American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 14-18 December.

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  7. 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2417832

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  8. Kross, A., Lapen, D.R., McNairn, H., Sunohara, M., Champagne, C., Wilkes, G. (2015). Satellite and in situ derived corn and soybean biomass and leaf area index: Response to controlled tile drainage under varying weather conditions, 160 118-131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2015.06.007

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  9. Adams, J.R., McNairn, H., Berg, A.A., Champagne, C. (2015). Evaluation of near-surface soil moisture data from an AAFC monitoring network in Manitoba, Canada: Implications for L-band satellite validation, 521 582-592. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.10.024

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  10. Champagne, C., Davidson, A., Cherneski, P., L'Heureux, J., Hadwen, T. (2015). Monitoring agricultural risk in Canada using L-band passive microwave soil moisture from SMOS, 16(1), 5-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0039.1

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  11. Bannari, A., Staenz, K., Champagne, C., Khurshid, K.S. (2015). Spatial variability mapping of crop residue using hyperion (EO-1) hyperspectral data, 7(6), 8107-8127. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs70608107

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  12. Kross, A., McNairn, H., Lapen, D., Sunohara, M., Champagne, C. (2015). Assessment of RapidEye vegetation indices for estimation of leaf area index and biomass in corn and soybean crops, 34(1), 235-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2014.08.002

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  13. Champagne, C., Kerr, Y.H., Mahmoodi, A.B., Richaume, P., Mialon, A., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A., Bélair, S., and Carrera, M. (2014). "Enhancements of SMOS level 2 soil moisture products over Canada.", Joint 2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014) and the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS 2014), Quebec Convention Centre, Quebec City, Canada, July 13-18, 2014, pp. 2435-2438.

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  14. Champagne, C., Rowlandson, T., Berg, A.A., Burns, T., L'Heureux, J., Adams, J.K., McNairn, H., and Toth, B.M. (2014). "Evaluation of L-Band Passive Microwave Soil Moisture for Canada.", Joint 2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014) and the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS 2014), Quebec Convention Centre, Quebec City, Canada, July 13-18, 2014.

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  15. Champagne, C., McNairn, H., Daneshfar, B., Shang, J. (2014). A bootstrap method for assessing classification accuracy and confidence for agricultural land use mapping in Canada, 29(1), 44-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2013.12.016

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  16. Shang, J., McNairn, H., Champagne, C., and Jiao, X. (2013). "Radar’s potential to estimate crop bio-physical parameters and beyond.", Remote sensing: Beyond images Workshop, Mexico City, México, December 14-15, 2014.

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  17. Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran, P., Berg, A.A., Champagne, C., Omasa, K. (2013). Estimation of soil moisture using optical/thermal infrared remote sensing in the Canadian Prairies, 83 94-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2013.06.004

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  18. Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran, P., Berg, A.A., Champagne, C., and Omasa, K. (2012). "Toward soil moisture estimation using optical/thermal infrared remote sensing in Canadian prairies.", Canadian Remote Sensing Society Symposium, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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  19. Champagne, C., Berg, A.A., McNairn, H., Drewitt, G., Huffman, T. (2012). Evaluation of soil moisture extremes for agricultural productivity in the Canadian prairies, 165 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.06.003

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  20. Shang, J., McNairn, H., Deschamps, B., Jiao, X., and Champagne, C. (2011). "Contribution of TerraSAR-X Data to In-Season Crop Mapping in Canada.", 3rd TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Feb 17-18, 2011.

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