Globalink MiTACS Secondment to INRS
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For the summer of 2023 I have had the amazing chance to join the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Quebec City, Canada funded by the Globalink MiTACS UKRI internship. The internship is aimed at building relationships between UK and Canadian researchers. INRS is a very diverse research institute, this allowed me to build more bonds with researchers from across the world!
The project that I was there to work on was an offshoot of the work I have been carrying out for my PhD with the CDT. In England I have been working on using artificial intelligence to create water masks from PlanetScope Satellite imagery, to enable operationalization of the vast potential provided by daily optical satellite imagery! In Canada we looked to take these models I have built and measure discharge from space in larger Canadian rivers. This was especially apt as on top of the wildfires that made the global news (These did not impact Quebec City at all that summer), the Quebec province suffered from some severe flooding that summer.
We focused our research on the Sainte Marguerite River which gave me further opportunities to collaborate with the various researchers who call the ‘CIRSA’ fieldwork centre home. By combining field measurements with an Acoustic Dopler Current Profiler, the CEQUEAU hydrological model that is the focus of Prof. André St-Hilaire’s lab, and my satellite measurements we were able to show where we could extend and improve discharge monitoring.