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Dr Alistair Smith

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Dr. Alistair M.S. Smith

Assistant Professor of Forest Measurements
Department of Forest Resources

College of Natural Resources

E-mail: alistair [at]
Office: College of Natural Resources
(208) 885-1009

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Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  1. Tinkham, W.T., Huang, H., Smith, A.M.S., Shrestha, R. Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Link, T.E., Glenn, N.F. and Marks, D.G., A comparison of two open source lidar surface filtering algorithms, Remote Sensing, in review.

  2. Tinkham, W., Smith A.M.S., Hudak, A.T., Swanson, M. snd Gessler P.E. Lidar based digital elevation model accuracy assessment in a complex terrain mixed conifer forest of central Idaho, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing in review.

  3. Adams , H.D., Luce, C.H., Breshears, D.D., Weiler, M., Hale, C.H., Allen, C.D., Smith, A.M.S., Huxman, T.E., Ecohydrological consequences of drought- and infestation-triggered tree die-off, Ecohydrology, in review.

  4. Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S., Ottmar, R.D, Alvarado, E.C., and Morgan P., The Combustion of Sound and Rotten Coarse Woody Debris: A Review, International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press

  5. Smith, A.M.S., Eitel, J.U.H. and Hudak, A.T., 2010. Spectral Analysis of Charcoal on Soils: Implications for Wildland Fire Severity Mapping Methods, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 976-983.

  6. Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Maier, S.W. and Smith, A.M.S., 2010. Field estimation of ash reflectance using a standard grey scale, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 698-704.

  7. Sesnie. S.E., Finegan, B., Gessler, P.E., Rahaniemi, S. Thessler, S., Brendana, Z.R. and Smith, A.M.S., 2010. The multispectral separability of Costa Rica rain forest types with support-vector machines and Random Forest decision trees, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, 11, 2885-2909.

  8. Holden, Z.A., Morgan, P., Smith, A.M.S. and Vierling, L.A., 2010. Beyond Landsat: Multi-scale Assessment of Four Satellite Sensors for Detecting Burn Severity in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Gila Wilderness, NM, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 449-458. 

  9. Kremens, R., Smith, A.M.S. and Dickinson, M., 2010. Fire Metrology: current and future directions in physics-based measurements, Journal of Fire Ecology, 6, 1, 13-35. (PDF Preprint)

  10. Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N., Gessler, P.E., Ubeler, E.H. and Smith A.M.S., 2010 Landscape-scale parameterization of a tree-level forest growth model: a k-NN imputation approach incorporating LiDAR data, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 40, 184-199.

  11. Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. and Robinson, A.P., 2009 Comparing field and remote estimates of forest canopy cover, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, 5, 447-459. (PDF preprint)

  12. Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. and Smith, A.M.S., 2009. LiDAR Utility for Natural Resource Managers, Remote Sensing, 1,4, 934-951. (Open Access Link)

  13. Evans, J.S., Hudak, A.T., Faux, R., Smith  A.M.S., Discrete Return lidar in Natural Resources: Recommendations for Project Planning, Data Processing, and Deliverables, 2009. Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing, 1, 776-794.(Open Access Link)

  14. Dickinson, J, Robinson, A.P., Gessler, P.E. Harrod, R. and Smith, A.M.S., 2009, Flatland in flames: a two-dimensional canopy fire propagation model, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 527-535. (PDF preprint) 

  15. Lentile, L.B*., Smith, A.M.S*., Hudak, A.T., Morgan, P. and Bobbitt, M., 2009, [* Equal Contribution] Remote sensing for prediction of 1-year post-fire ecosystem condition, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 594-608. (PDF preprint)

  16. Smith, A.M.S., Wynne R. and Coops, N., 2008 (refereed introduction) Special issue on the Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure and Productivity: Plant to Landscape Scales, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Suppl. 2, S3-4 . (PDF preprint)

  17. Falkowski, M.J., Smith, A.M.S., Gessler, P.E., Hudak, A.T. and Vierling, L.A., 2008 The influence of forest canopy cover upon the accuracy of two LiDAR-based individual tree measurement algorithms, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Suppl. 2, S338-350. (PDF preprint)

  18. Smith, A.M.S., Strand, E.K., Steele, C.M., Hann, D.B., Garrity, S.R. and Falkowski M.J., 2008 Production of vegetation spatial-structure maps by per-object analysis of juniper encroachment in multi-temporal aerial photographs, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Suppl. 2, S268-285. (PDF preprint)

  19. Garrity, S.R., Vierling, L.A., Smith, A.M.S, Hann, D.B. and Falkowski, M.J., 2008 Suitability of Spatial Wavelet Analysis (SWA) for the automatic assessment of shrubs within an arid environment, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Suppl. 2, S376-384.(PDF preprint)

  20. Smith. A.M.S., Greenberg, J. and Vierling. L.A., 2008 Introduction to Special Section: The Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure: New methods and applications to landscape-regional-global scale processes, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences,, 113, G03S91, doi:10.1029/2008JG000748. (PDF preprint)

  21. Strand, E.K., Vierling, L.A., Smith, A.M.S. and Bunting, S.C., 2008. Net Changes in Above Ground Woody Carbon Stock in Western Juniper Woodlands, 1946-1998, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences,113, G01013, doi:10.1029/2007JG000544.(PDF Preprint)

  22. Lentile, L.B., Morgan, P., Hudak, A.T., Bobbitt, M.J., Lewis, S.A. Smith, A.M.S. and Robichaud, P.R., 2007. Burn Severity and Vegetation Response Following Eight Large Wildfires across the western US, Journal of Fire Ecology, 3,1, 91-108. (PDF)

  23. Hudak A.T., Morgan P., Bobbitt M.J., Smith A.M.S, Lewis S.A., Lentile L.B., Robichaud P.R., Clark J.T., McKinley R.A. 2007. The relationship of multispectral satellite imagery to immediate fire effects, Journal of Fire Ecology, 3,1, 64-90. (PDF)

  24. Smith, A.M.S., .Lentile, L.B., Hudak, A.T. and Morgan P., 2007 Evaluation of linear spectral unmixing and dNBR for predicting post-fire recovery in a North American ponderosa pine forest, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 20, 5159-5166. (PDF preprint)

  25. Eitel, J.U.H., Long D., Gessler, P.E. and Smith, A.M.S., 2007 Using in-situ spectroradiometery to evaluate new RapidEye satellite data for prediction of wheat nitrogen status, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28, 18, 4183 - 4190 (PDF Preprint)

  26. Holden, Z.A., Morgan, P., Crimmins, A., Steinhorst, R.K. and Smith, A.M.S., 2007 Fire Season Precipitation Variability Influences Fire Extent and Severity in a Large South-western Wilderness Area, USA, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L16708, doi:10.1029/2007GL030804 (PDF)

  27. Smith A.M.S., Drake, N.A., Wooster, M.J., Hudak, A.T,. Holden, Z.A. and Gibbons C.J. 2007 Production of Landsat ETM+ Reference Imagery of Burned Areas within Southern African Savannahs: Comparison of Methods and Application to MODIS, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28, 12, 2753-2775.. (PDF Preprint)

  28. Eitel, J.U.H., Gessler, P.E., Smith, A.M.S.,. and Ronbrecht, R., 2006 Suitability of existing and Novel spectral indices to remotely detect water stress in Populus spp., Forest Ecology and Management, 229, 170-182. (PDF)

  29. Falkowski M.J., Smith A.M.S., Hudak, A.T., Gessler, P.E., Vierling, L.A., and Crookston, N.L., 2006. Automated estimation of individual conifer tree height and crown diameter via Two-dimensional spatial wavelet analysis of lidar data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 32, No. 2, 153-161. (PDF)

  30. Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N.L., Evans, J.S., Falkowski M.J., Smith A.M.S., Gessler, P.E. and Morgan, P., 2006. Regression modeling and mapping of coniferous forest basal area and tree density from discrete-return lidar and multispectral data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 32, No. 2, 126-138. (PDF)

  31. Lentile, L.B*., Holden, Z*., Smith A.M.S*.,  Falkowski M.J., Hudak, A.T.,  Morgan, P., Lewis, S.A., Gessler, P.E.and Benson, N.C.,  [*Equal Contribution] 2006 Remote sensing techniques to assess active fire and post-fire effects, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Feature Paper, 15, 3, 319-345. (PDF)

  32. Strand, E.K., Smith A.M.S., Bunting, S.C., Vierling, L.A., Hann, D.B., and Gessler, P.E., 2006. Wavelet estimation of plant spatial patterns in multi-temporal aerial photography, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27, 9-10, 2049-2054. (PDF)

  33. Falkowski M.J., Gessler, P.E., Morgan, P., Hudak, A.T.,and Smith A.M.S., 2005, Evaluating ASTER satellite imagery and gradient modelling for mapping and characterizing wildland fire fuels, Forest Ecology and Management, 217, 129-146. (PDF

  34. Holden, Z., Smith A.M.S., Morgan, P.,Rollins, M,G. and Gessler, P.E.,  2005, Evaluation of novel thermally enhanced spectral indices for mapping fire pereimeters and comparisons with fire atlas data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26 ,217, 4801-4808. (PDF)

  35. Smith A.M.S., and Hudak, A.T., 2005, Estimating combustion of large downed woody debris from residual white ash, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 14, 245-248. (PDF)

  36. Smith A.M.S., and Wooster, M.J., 2005, Remote classification of head and backfire types from MODIS fire radiative power observations, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 14, 249-254. (PDF) 

  37. Smith A.M.S., Wooster M.J., Drake N.A., Dipotso F.M., Falkowski M.J., and Hudak, A.T., 2005. Testing the Potential of Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing for Retrospectively Estimating Fire Severity in African Savanna Environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 97, 1, 92-115 (PDF)

  38. Smith A.M.S., Wooster M.J., Drake N.A., Perry, G.L.W. and Dipotso, F.M., 2005, Fire in African savanna: Testing the impact of incomplete combustion on pyrogenic emissions estimates, Ecological Applications,15, 1074-1082 (PDF

  39. Hann, D.B., Smith A.M.S., and Powell, A.K. 2003,Technical Note: Classification of off-diagonal points in a co-occurrence matrix, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24, 1949-1956 (PDF)

  40. Smith A.M.S., Wooster M.J., Powell, A.K. and Usher, D., 2002, Texture based feature extraction: application to burn scar detection in Earth Observation Imagery, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23, 1733-1739 (PDF)


Smith A.M.S., 2004, Determining nitrogen volatilised within African savanna fires via ground-based remote sensing, University of London, 465 pp. Abstract (PDF

Smith A.M.S., 2000, An exploratory study of a texture segmentation method for burn scar estimation, Unpublished MSc Thesis, University of London, 102 pp. 


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