Frédérique Pivot, PhD

Associate Professor

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    20022022

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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    As a physical geographer specializing in remote sensing, my research focuses on developing advanced observing systems, including technology and algorithms, to monitor changes in Earth's surface parameters and processes over time and space, specifically snow and ice, soil, and vegetation properties. I also aim to explore and implement new methods for remote sensing, such as utilizing drones to augment satellite imagery and acquire geospatial information with higher precision, accuracy, and efficiency, as well as developing low-cost remote sensing systems using off-the-shelf components. Additionally, I am interested in improving the instruments used for measuring snow cover parameters in situ. Lastly, I am actively involved in developing technology-driven solutions to enhance online learning. Specifically, I work to integrate fieldwork into geography through mobile technology-guided field trips and collaborative virtual geographic environments. I am also committed to exploring the use of learning technologies in online education to enhance student engagement and success.

    Personal profile

    Growing up on the Mediterranean coast of France, I developed a fascination with Polar exploration through my readings. After earning an undergraduate degree from Université Paul Valérie with a focus on Tropical and Subtropical geography, I pursued graduate studies as an exchange student at Université Laval, in climatology/hydrology, geospatial technologies, and cryospheric studies. In 2000, I earned my Ph.D. in physical geography from Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, where I focused on retrieving snow cover characteristics and monitoring their variability in northern Manitoba using multisensory data. I continued my post-doctoral research at the Centre d'Études Nordiques of Université Laval and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I researched snow parametrization in lake ice models and monitored snow cover and surface freeze-thaw status using spaceborne scatterometry and altimetry. Prior to joining Athabasca University in 2006, I worked as a sessional assistant professor in remote sensing and climatology at York University.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

    … → 2000

    DEA, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

    … → 1996

    MSc, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III

    … → 1995

    BSc, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III

    … → 1994

    External positions

    Special Adviser, Aerial Evolution Association of Canada—Association pour l'Évolution Aérienne du Canada (formerly USC—STC)

    15 Nov. 2021 → …

    Board Director, Unmanned Systems Canada—Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC—STC)

    15 Nov. 201815 Nov. 2021

    Board Director, Unmanned Systems Canada—Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC—STC)

    15 Nov. 201415 Nov. 2017

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