Morgan A. Crowley

Morgan A. Crowley
Natural Resources Canada | NRCan · Canadian Forest Service

PhD
Tier 2 Science Leader for WildFireSat mission

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Introduction
My research focuses on mapping and analyzing wildfire progressions in Canada. I am broadly interested in satellite remote sensing, wildland fires, geospatial ecology, and Google Earth Engine. I am also engaged in multiple external collaborations examining social-ecological systems.
Education
September 2017 - March 2022
Macdonald Campus - McGill University
Field of study
  • Natural Resource Sciences
August 2013 - December 2015
University of New Hampshire
Field of study
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
September 2009 - May 2013
McGill University
Field of study
  • Environment & Development, Remote Sensing and GIS

Publications

Publications (17)
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As freely available remotely sensed data sources proliferate, the ability to combine imagery with high spatial and temporal resolutions enables applications aimed at near-term disturbance detection. In this case study, we present methods for synthesizing burned-area information from multiple sources to map the active phase of the Elephant Hill fire...
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The 2017 fire season was one of the largest on record for British Columbia (BC), Canada, in terms of total area burned (estimated 1.2 million ha), affecting the safety and air quality of numerous communities. Moreover, fires of this number and extent alter the wood supply for harvesting, the nature of habitat for wildlife, and can affect regional a...
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Understanding how irrigated areas change over time is vital to effectively manage limited agricultural water resources, but long-term, high-resolution, and spatially-explicit datasets are rare. The High Plains Aquifer (HPA) in the central United States is one of the largest and most stressed aquifer systems in the world. It supports a $20 billion e...
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Purpose of Review The purpose of this article is to review landscape ecology research from the past 5 years to identify past and future contributions from remote sensing to landscape ecology. Recent Findings Recent studies in landscape ecology have employed advances made in remote sensing. These include the use of reliable and open datasets derive...
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Knowledge of forest change type and timing is required for forest management, reporting, and science. Time series of historic satellite data (e.g. Landsat) have resulted in an invaluable record of changes in forest conditions. Natural resource management and reporting typically operate at an annual time step, yet the recent addition of data streams...
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Since 2000, observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites, have been used to monitor global burned area and its trends. The FireCCI and MCD64A1 products classify burned area using algorithms that detect change in surface reflectance and separately process each ∼10° × 10°...
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As graduate students, and despite having vastly different backgrounds, we share a common goal: to positively impact society by producing actionable, social-ecological science. Making the leap from student to impactful researcher, however, was harder than we had each anticipated. While our undergraduate training predominantly consisted of classroom...
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We review existing challenges and possible solutions for increasing small-scale sustainable beef production in New England. Beef production policies are most effectively implemented when the impacts of regulation, facility accessibility, and seasonality are considered. Limitations surrounding scheduling availability, skill, and services offered cre...
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Non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) owners have options for engagement by following management strategies that reduce wildfire risk on their forestlands. Forest management engagement is a broad term with underlying categories and management implications. To better understand these categories, we examine interview data on the engagement of fore...
Poster
As freely available remotely sensed data sources proliferate, the capacity to combine imagery with high spatial and temporal resolution is enabling applications aimed at near-term disturbance detection. We created rapid and scalable methods for synthesizing information on burned area from multiple sources to map wildfires as they grow, slow, and ar...
Presentation
The 2017 fire season was the largest on record for British Columbia (BC) in terms of area burned, and mapping these fires is important for monitoring forest-disturbance impacts. Two data sources provide reliable estimates of post-fire perimeters: (1) the Composite-to-Change (C2C) protocol, which makes annual forest disturbance mapping possible for...
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Forests account for a third of Earth’s land cover and provide vital resources for a variety of human and environmental needs. With the opening of the Landsat archive and ongoing access to computing power and large amounts of imagery, long-term quantifications of forest change are now achievable. Here we create a forest loss dataset across the entir...
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With the opening of the Landsat archive, researchers have a vast new data source teeming with imagery and potential. Beyond Landsat, data from other sensors is newly available as well: these include ALOS/PALSAR, Sentinel-1 and -2, MERIS, and many more. Google Earth Engine, developed to organize and provide analysis tools for these immense data sets...
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Rural counties in the Inland Northwest have a ‘working lands’ culture that supports livelihoods dependent on the health of wildfire-prone private and public forests. Wildfires threaten economic livelihoods and exacerbate the challenges of working landscapes impacted by changing economies, demographic trends, and forest conditions. The main objectiv...
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As increasing attention is paid to the storage and flux of carbon in and around boreal lakes, systematic strategies to make and refine credible region-wide estimates of stocks and fluxes will be increasingly important. Given that there are hundreds of thousands of lakes in the world's lake-rich regions, even concerted long-term field campaigns can...

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