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Joan E. Luther

Joan E. Luther

Remote Sensing Scientist
Atlantic Forestry Centre
26 University Drive, P.O. Box 960
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, A2H 6J3

Tel.: (709) 637-4917


Joan joined the Canadian Forest Service in November, 2003.  Her research involves the development of enhanced inventory methods for resource characterization.  This includes multi-scale approaches for spatially estimating inventory attributes using ground, airborne and satellite remotely-sensed data.  She also develops methods to monitor and report on forest structure and composition using earth observation data.



  • Canadian Forest Service Merit Award (2011), Newfoundland Fibre Project
  • Canadian Forest Service Merit Award (2009), National Forest Inventory
  • Natural Resources Canada Departmental Merit Award (2006), Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests Project
  • Natural Resources Canada Departmental Merit Award (2003), for Collaborative research in remote sensing
  • James M. Kitz Award (2002), Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • Canadian Remote Sensing Society (1990), MSc Thesis Award
  • Governor General’s Gold Medal (1989), Memorial University of Newfoundland



Current research projects

  • Inventory methods to support regional and national reporting
  • Enhanced forest inventory in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Mapping wood fibre attributes using forest structure and environmental variables



Current graduate student advisory committees

  • Danny Blanchette, Université de Sherbrooke, Predicting wood fibre attributes using local scale metrics from terrestrial LiDAR data (Co-supervisor)



  • B.Sc. (Hon.) in Geography (1987), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • M.Sc. in Geography with specialization in Remote Sensing (1989), Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • Adjunct Professor, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke (since 2003)
  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Social Science (Environmental Studies), Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland (since 2013)


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