UBC forestry professor receives prize

Dr. Nicholas Coops SUBMITTED PHOTO / PNG

By Glenda Luymes, Vancouver Sun

A University of B.C. forestry professor has received a prestigious prize for his work predicting forest growth using satellite imagery.

Dr. Nicholas Coops will share the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, sometimes called the Nobel Prize of the forest sector, with two researchers from the United States and Australia who developed the 3-PG model to predict tree growth and a forest’s ability to store carbon. Coops’ work on satellite imagery enables the model to make predictions on a larger scale.

The open-source model is used by students and governments to “answer questions such as trends in the future growth of key forest species such as the Douglas fir in British Columbia,” said Coops, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing.