Dr. Caren Binding

Image Caren Binding
Research Scientist - Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing

Delivering research and products relevant to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s mandate to ensure the conservation and protection of aquatic ecosystems. Specialising in satellite remote sensing for inland water quality applications and lead for the EOLakeWatch program.

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to priority research programs on Lake Winnipeg, the Great Lakes and Lake of the Woods to:

  • Develop, validate and apply 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
  • Characterise the optical properties of the main dissolved and particulate colour producing agents
  • Advance the operational use of earth observations in monitoring aquatic processes through the development of autonomous satellite image acquisition & processing
  • Lead on EOLakeWatch - a platform for the distribution of satellite remote sensing products for inland water algal bloom monitoring

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., L. Pizzolato, C. Zeng. 2021. EOLakeWatch; delivering a comprehensive suite of remote sensing algal bloom indices for enhanced monitoring of Canadian eutrophic lakes. Ecological Indicators, Volume 121, 106999, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106999.

Balasubramanian, S.V., Pahlevan, N. Smith, B., Binding, C. Schalles, J., Loisel, H., Gurlin, D. Greb, S., Alikas, K., Randla, M., Bunkei, M., Moses, W., Nguyễn, H., Lehmann, M. K., O'Donnell, D., Ondrusek, M., Han, T., Fichot, C. G., Moore, T., & Boss, E. 2020. Robust algorithm for estimating total suspended solids (TSS) in inland and nearshore coastal waters, Remote Sensing of Environment, 246:111768 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.111768

Zeng, C. and Binding, C.E. 2019. The Effect of Mineral Sediments on Satellite Chlorophyll-a Retrievals from Line-Height Algorithms Using Red and Near-Infrared Bands.  Remote Sensing, 11, 2306; doi:10.3390/rs11192306

Binding, C.E., Zastepa, A., & Zeng, C. 2019. The impact of phytoplankton community composition on optical properties and satellite observations of the 2017 western Lake Erie algal bloom, Journal of Great Lakes Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2018.11.015

Greb, S., Dekker, A. and Binding, C. (eds.). 2018. Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring. IOCCG Report Series, No. 17, International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group, Dartmouth, Canada. ISBN: 978-1-896246-67-3

Binding, C. E., Greenberg, T. A., McCullough, G., Watson, S.B., Paige, E. 2018.  An analysis of satellite-derived chlorophyll and algal bloom indices on Lake Winnipeg.  JGLR, 44(3):436-446.

Evangelos, S., O’Donnell, R., Hunter, P., Miller, C., Scott, M., Simis, S., Neil, C., Barbosa, C., Binding,  C., Bradt, S., Bresciani, M., Dall’Olmo, G., Giardino, C., Gitelson, A., Kitser, T., Li, L., Matsushita, B., Martinez-Vicente, V., Matthews, M., Ogashawara, I., Ruiz-Verdu, A., Schalles, J., Tebbs, E., Zhang, Y., Tyler,  A.  2017.  Optical types of inland and coastal waters.  Limnology and Oceanography, 63(2):846-870

Binding, C.E., Greenberg, T.A., Watson, S.B., Rastin, S., Gould, J. 2015.  Long term water clarity changes in North America's Great Lakes from multi-sensor satellite observations.  Limnology and Oceanography, 60 (6), pp. 1976-1995

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.

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.

Research facility

867 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON L7S 1A1