SURNAME: Burchard Levine
My academic journey began with my degree in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Through this experience, my interests for environmental systems, particularly hydrological systems, grew very quickly. Thus, after shortly working as a research assistant for the Global HydroLAB at McGill, I pursued my masters in Water Resources Engineering at KU Leuven and VUB in Belgium. There, I was able to get many opportunities to obtain hands-on experiences to understand water management issues and their related ecosystem properties and processes. My thesis research concentrated on mapping evapotranspiration using a remote sensing surface energy balance method and an open source weather dataset for a data scarce and complex catchment in Northern Tanzania. This took me to Tanzania, where we collaborated with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), acquiring ground LAI measurements and land use classifications for ground truthing purposes.
Other than geo-informatics and remote sensing, I enjoy filming and editing videos with my DSLR camera and going on hikes to escape the computer life. I am very happy to be part of the TRUSTEE network and to have the chance to collaborate with many international colleagues and institutions in order to improve ecosystem modeling and monitoring through remote sensing.