Naomi Short

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Environmental Scientist

Current research and/or projects

Exploitation of advanced satellite radar techniques to monitor Canada’s northern environments (permafrost, freshwater ice, glaciers and ice caps).

SAR interferometry and new sensor investigation for detecting ground movement in permafrost zones. To understand the magnitude of annual cycles, identify areas experiencing long term degradation and quantify the amount of change.

Research into new SAR sensors, processing techniques, applications and implementation.


Education and awards

M.Sc. Remote Sensing and Glaciology, Memorial University, Newfoundland

B.Sc Hons. Geography, Southampton University, UK

Key publications

Short, N. H. and Fraser, R. H. (2023). Comparison of RADARSAT-2 and Sentinel-1 DInSAR displacements over upland ice-wedge polygonal terrain, Banks Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. Geomatics Canada, Open File 73, 22 p. 


Greg A. Oldenborger, Naomi Short, Anne-Marie LeBlanc, (2022). Permafrost thaw sensitivity prediction using surficial geology, topography, and remote sensing imagery: A data-driven neural network approach. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences


Oldenborger, G . A., Short, N. H. and LeBlanc, A.-M., (2020). Electrical conductivity and ground displacement in permafrost terrain. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 181 (2020) 104148 (13 pages).


Ashley C.A. Rudy, Scott F. Lamoureux, Paul Treitz, Naomi Short, Brian Brisco, (2018). Seasonal and multi-year surface displacements measured by DInSAR in a High Arctic permafrost environment. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 64:51–61.


van der Sanden, J.J., Short, N.H., Drouin H., (2018). InSAR coherence for automated lake ice extent mapping: TanDEM-X bistatic and pursuit monostatic results. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 73:605-615. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2018.08.009


van der Sanden, J.J and Short, N.H., (2017). Radar satellites measure ice cover displacements induced by moving vehicles. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 133:56-62.  doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2016.10.001


Wolfe, S.A., Short, N.H., Morse, P.D., Schwarz, S.H. and Stevens, C.W. (2014). Evaluation of RADARSAT-2 DInSAR Seasonal Surface Displacement in Discontinuous Permafrost Terrain, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 40(6):406–422, doi: 10.1080/07038992.2014.1012836


Short, N., LeBlanc, A.-M., Sladen, W., Oldenborger, G., Mathon-Dufour, V. and Brisco, B. (2014). RADARSAT-2 D-InSAR for ground displacement in permafrost terrain, validation from Iqaluit Airport, Baffin Island, Canada. Remote Sensing of Environment. 141:40-51, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.016


Short, N., B. Brisco and K. Murnaghan, (2012). Monitoring Permafrost Environments with InSAR and Polarimetry, Case Studies from Canada, Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, July 22-27, 2012, Munich, Germany. pp. 4034-4037.


Short, N., B. Brisco, N. Couture, W. Pollard, K. Murnaghan, and P. Budkewitsch, (2011). A Comparison of TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2 and ALOS-PALSAR Interferometry for Monitoring Permafrost Environments, Case Study from Herschel Island, Canada, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115: 3491–3506.


Short, N. and A.L. Gray, (2005). Glacier dynamics in the Canadian High Arctic from RADARSAT-1 Speckle Tracking, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 31(3):225-239.


Short, N. H. and Gray, A. L. (2004). Potential for RADARSAT-2 interferometry: glacier monitoring using speckle tracking. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 30(3):504-509


Gray, A. L., Short, N., Bindschadler, R., Joughin, I., Padman, L., Vornberger, P., Khananian, A. (2002). RADARSAT Interferometry for Antarctic Grounding-Zone Mapping. Annals of Glaciology; 34:269-276, doi:10.4095/219823


Gray, A. L., N. Short, K.E. Mattar and K.C. Jezek, (2001). Velocities and Flux of the Filchner Ice Shelf and its Tributaries Determined from Speckle Tracking Interferometry, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(3):193:206.