Guillermo Castilla, Ph.D.

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Remote Sensing Research Scientist

Dr.Castilla leads a small group of researchers who develop and use geospatial technologies to map and monitor land cover, forest structure and composition, and natural (e.g., fire, insect outbreaks) and anthropogenic (forestry, oil and gas) disturbances in support of forest ecosystems and climate change science and policy.

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Castilla is a remote sensing research scientist working in the Northen Forestry Centre of the Canadian Forest Service. He collaboratively develops mapping and monitoring methods, delivers geospatial information, and generates and disseminates knowledge relevant to Canada’s forests, from individual trees to entire ecozones.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Monitoring reclamation along seismic lines.
  • Forest applications of drone-based image point clouds.
  • Mapping individual trees using AI2 (artificial intelligence on aerial imagery).
  • Monitoring of northern Canada’s boreal forests through multi-source remote sensing.
  • National Burned Area Composite (NBAC).

Professional activities / interests

  • Land cover mapping.
  • Change detection.
  • Forest Inventory.
  • Point clouds

Education and awards

M.Sc. in Forest Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Spain, 1989.

M.Sc. in Environmental Impact Assessment, Technical University and Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, 1991.

Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Technical University of Madrid, Spain, 2003.

Research facility

5320-122nd Street
Edmonton, AB T6H 3S5


Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, Department of Geography.

Academic Editor, PeerJ

Editorial Board member, MDPI Forests



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