Centres & Institutes

Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre (ATIC)

Purpose

The Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre (ATIC) is advancing scientific knowledge in remote sensing, imaging spectroscopy, and LiDAR for natural resources and environmental monitoring for the goal of global sustainability. The Centre’s research and development is supporting innovation, leadership and new applications in these areas utilizing cutting-edge remote sensing technologies developed at the Centre in projects ranging from Alberta, to other parts of Canada and internationally.

Mission Statement

Advancement of fundamental and applied research in remote sensing, imaging spectroscopy, and LiDAR for natural resource management, environmental, terrestrial and atmospheric applications.

Our Expertise

ATIC's expertise lies in the research and development of new tools for optical remote sensing including the design of sensor characteristics for space missions. R&D is focused on image calibration, processing, validation, and information extraction from hyperspectral, multispectral, and LiDAR data.

Stories

Dr. Chris Hopkinson: U of L's new Chair in Terrestrial Ecosystem Remote Sensing.

 Already recognized as a national leader in remote sensing technology and its applications, the University of Lethbridge has added to its research capacity with the addition of a new Chair in Terrestrial Ecosystem Remote Sensing, Dr. Chris Hopkinson.

 This is a significant addition for ATIC. Dr. Hopkinson comes to the University after spending the last year as an environmental research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia. His research program with the Australian Government was integrating ground-based, airborne and satellite LiDAR remote sensing data to estimate changes in forest biomass and carbon stocks. He looks to expand ATIC's capacity in LiDAR research to address multi-sector needs including within Alberta government's sustainable resources and environment department, while supporting the development of national industry standards.

Hopkinson the U of L's second CAIP Chair

Hopkinson comes to the University after spending the last year as an environmental research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Canberra, Aus. His research program with the Australian Government is aimed at integrating ground-based, airborne and satellite lidar (remote sensing) data to estimate changes in forest biomass carbon stocks . He looks to expand ATIC's capacity in lidar research to address needs within Alberta's sustainable resources and environment department, while supporting the development of national industry standards.