Darren Janzen

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Deputy Director - Science and Technology, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing

Manager of science activities, direction, and policy of the science and technology subdivision within the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing.

Current research and/or projects

Program Lead - Status and Trends Program

The importance for continuous, reliable and high-quality geospatial data describing Canada’s changing landmass has been demonstrated for numerous current Canadian priorities, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, public safety and emergency response, and environmental assessment and monitoring. The Status and Trends Program identifies, develops, disseminates, and analyzes critical Earth Observation derived geospatial datasets for describing a changing Canadian landscape to inform evidence-based decision-making. 


Project lead - Earth Observation for Cumulative Effects (EO4CE)

The principle activity within the Status and Trends Program is the Earth Observation for Cumulative Effects (EO4CE) activity. The activity has been initiated as part of the Government's efforts to support improved impact assessment processes and the recognition of the crucial role that status and trends data can have on describing cumulative effects within impact assessment processes and regional assessment processes. Building upon its initial success, the program is now entering Phase 2 (EO4CE-2), which aims to expand and enhance the status and trends data available to support impact assessment processes by characterizing short, medium and long-term change in environmental variables. 


Manager - Earth Observation Research at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing

In addition to the above activities, CCRS science includes a diverse portfolio of other key activities including:

  • ensuring Canada's investments in Radar satellite systems (Radarsat 1, Radarsat 2, and the Radarsat Constellation Mission) result in data products that are accessible, usable and relevant to Canadian priorities
  • demonstrating the application of EO methodologies to characterize landscape change processes across Canada (e.g. landscape disturbance dyanmics, habitat change, permafrost change)
  • improve Canada's ability to conduct emergency management, especially in relation to flood mapping.