Dr. Brian Brisco

Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

Research activities focus on using remote sensing, particularly Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), for mapping and managing renewable resources.  His extensive publications include studies on vegetation characterization, crop identification and monitoring, conservation farming/ soil erosion mapping, soil moisture estimation, land cover mapping, wetland mapping, rangeland management, forestry, and  developing tools and techniques for ground truth data acquisition.  His work has included experience with interferometry, polarimetry, and radar backscatter modeling including software development and operational implementation.

Education and awards

Ph.D. Degree (1985): University of Kansas, Lawrence, Department of Geography/MeteorologyResearch Area: Microwave Remote Sensing of Renewable ResourcesThesis: “Multidimensional Approaches to the Radar Remote Sensing of Land Cover

Master of Science Degree (1981): University of Guelph, Ontario, CanadaProgram: Land Resource Science - Soil ScienceThesis: “Analysis of the Tone and Texture of Agriculture Targets on Synthetic Aperture Radar

Bachelor of Science, Honours (1977) University of Guelph, Ontario, CanadaMajor - Ecology

1996 ESS Team Merit Award (GlobeSAR Project)

Key publications

Brisco, B. and R. Protz, 1980, "Corn Field Identification Accuracy Using Airborne Radar Imagery",  Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 6(1), July, pp. 15-25.

Brisco, B. and R.J. Brown, 1998, “Agricultural Applications with Radar”, Chapter 7 in The Manual of Remote Sensing, 3rd edition, Principles and Applications of Imaging Radar, editor-in-chief R.A. Ryerson, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, Md.

Boerner, W.M., H. Mott, C. Livingstone, B. Brisco, R. Brown, J.S. Paterson, E. Luneburg, J.J. van Zyl, D. Randall, and P. Budkewitsch, 1998, “Polarimetry in Remote Sensing: Basic and Applied Concepts”, Chapter 5 in The Manual of Remote Sensing, 3rd edition, Principles and Applications of Imaging Radar, editor-in-chief R.A. Ryerson, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, Md.

Shao Yun1, Fan Xiangtao1,2, Liu Hao1, Wang Cuizhen1, B. Brisco3, S. Ross3, G. Staples4   , 2001 , Rice Growth Status Monitoring with Multitemporal RADARSAT Data, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 76. pp. 310-325.

McNairn, H. and B. Brisco, 2003, " The Application of C-Band Polarimetric SAR for Agriculture: A Review", Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 525-542.

Brisco, B., Touzi, R., van der Sanden, J. J., Charbonneau, F., Pultz, T.J., and  M. D’Iorio, 2008, “ Water resource applications with RADARSAT-2 – a preview”, International Journal of Digital Earth, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2008 , pages 130 – 147

List of publications for Brian Brisco in GEOSCAN