Sylvain G. Leblanc

Environmental Scientist

Current research and/or projects

As a remote sensing specialist, Sylvain contributes to different programs within CCRS by improving the retrieval of biophysical properties of vegetation (crops, shrub, and forest) from remote sensing platforms and field instruments.

  • Leaf area index measurements in the field using hemispherical photography.
  • Modelling of hemispherical photography and terrestrial LiDAR data for retrieval of biophysical parameters of vegetation canopies.
  • Leaf area index mapping of Canada’s north. 
  • Caribou habitat.

Education and awards

Ph.D., Remote Sensing 2014. Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec.

M.Sc., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 1994.  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

B.Sc., Physics 1992.  University of Montréal, Montréal, Québec.

2003:  Earth Sciences Sector Merit Award, Team Award – for National Indicators.

2006:  Earth Sciences Sector Merit Award, Team Award  - for Land use change and carbon accounting.

2008:  Earth Sciences Sector Merit Award, Team Award – for Satellite Based Sustainability Indicators for Protected Areas..

Key publications

Chen, J.M. and Leblanc, S. G., A four-scale bidirectional reflectance model based on canopy architecture, IEEE TGARS, Vol. 35, pp. 1316-1337, 1997.

Leblanc, S. G., Correction to the plant canopy gap size analysis theory used by the Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies (TRAC) instrument. Applied Optics Vol. 41, No. 36, pp. 7667-7670, 2002. 

Chen, J. M., J. Liu, Leblanc, S. G., Lacaze, R., and Roujean, J.-L. Multi-angular optical remote sensing for assessing vegetation structure and carbon absorption. Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 84, pp. 516-525, 2003. 

Leblanc, S. G., Chen, J. M., Fernandes, R., Deering, D. W., and Conley, A.  Methodology comparison for canopy structure parameters extraction from digital hemispherical photography in boreal forests. Agric. For. Meteorol. Vol. 129, pp. 187-207. 2005. 

Leblanc, S. G., and Fournier, R. A. Hemispherical photography simulations with an architectural model to assess retrieval of leaf area index. Agri. For. Meteorol. 194, 64–76. 2014.


List of publications for Sylvain Leblanc in GEOSCAN