Chris Hopkinson

Chris Hopkinson

Biography

Dr. Hopkinson is a Professor of Geography and the Campus Alberta Research Chair in Terrestrial Ecosystems Remote Sensing at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. He directs the ARTeMiS Research laboratory, which currently hosts 11 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting studies into remote sensing data fusion techniques, ecosystem change and online natural resource monitoring frameworks in mountain and northern boreal environments. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing and is a Vice President of the International Commission on Remote Sensing within the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Prior to Joining the University of Lethbridge, he was an environmental research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organization, where he worked on terrestrial, airborne and satellite lidar data scaling and integration for forest biomass and carbon assessment. Hopkinson’s most notable achievement, however, was the initiation and leadership of the Canadian Consortium for Lidar Environmental Applications Research (C-CLEAR) from 2000 to 2011, where he facilitated and coordinated international  airborne lidar research operations; usually on a shoestring and always through highly leveraged pooling of resources and national / international stakeholder networking.