Tristan Goulden

Lead Research Scientist, Remote Sensing

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About Tristan

Tristan Goulden leads the remote sensing team at NEON, which is responsible for the operation of the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP). In this role he manages the budget and scope associated with delivery of remote sensing data products derived from the AOP observations to support the goals of the NEON Observatory. He has contributed to the design of the AOP flight plans, development and execution of the automated workflows that produce the AOP data products, implementation of QAQC measures to ensure data product quality, and community outreach. Tristan has been in this role since 2018, and prior to that had been a research scientist in the remote sensing group at NEON since 2014.

Prior to joining NEON, Tristan obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. His Ph.D. research analyzed landscape scaling effects in watershed scale hydrological models through lidar derived terrain models with specific focus on the SWAT hydrological model. This research partnered Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Watershed Evaluation for Beneficial Management Practices (WEBS) program, which had an overall objective of investigating environmental and economic sustainability practices of several prototypical watershed sites across Canada. Tristan’s research has also focused in quantifying the uncertainty in lidar observations to support accurate assessment of alpine glacier change detections and their influence on water resource budgets. Tristan’s research has been supported by national and highly competitive grants through National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and an Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) grant.


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National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)