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College of Natural Resources









Dr Alistair Smith

alistair [at]


Lab Publications:

Tinkham W., Smith A.M.S., Link, T.E., Hoffman, C., Hudak, A.T., Swanson, M., Gessler P.E., and Falkowski, M.J., The utility of LiDAR for forest inventory: Investigating height errors from slope and vegetation in a coniferous forest with complex terrain, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, in press.

Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S. and Ottmar, R.D., Properties affecting the consumption of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a preliminary investigation using laboratory fires, International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press.

Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Smith, A.M.S., The use of satellite remote sensing for monitoring wildfires, in "Fire Phenomena, Ed. Claire Belcher, Wiley-Blackwell, in press.

Adams, H.D., Luce, C.H., Breshears, D.D., Weiler, M., Hale, C.H., Allen, C.D., Smith, A.M.S., Huxman, T.E., 2011. Ecohydrological consequences of drought- and infestation-triggered tree die-off, Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.233.

Hyde, J.C., Smith, A.M.S., Ottmar, R.D, Alvarado, E.C., and Morgan P. 2011. The Combustion of Sound and Rotten Coarse Woody Debris: A Review, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 20, 163-174.

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., 2011, A comparison of two open source lidar surface filtering algorithms, Remote Sensing, 3, 638-649.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. Robinson, A.P., and Steele, C.M. 2009 (published 2010) Comparing field and remote estimates of forest canopy cover, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, 5, 447-459. 

Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. and Smith, A.M.S., 2009, Review: LiDAR Utility for Natural Resource Managers, Remote Sensing, 1, 4, 934-951.

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

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 Fire18, 527-535.

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

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.

Smith, A.M.S., Strand, E.K., Steele, C.M., Hann, D.B., Garrity, S.R., Falkowski M.J. and Evans, J.S., 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.

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.

Smith, A.M.S., Wynne, R., and Coops, N., 2008 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 (refereed introduction).

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, J. Geophys. Res., 113, G03S91, doi:10.1029/2008JG000748.

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. J. Geophys. Res., 113, G01013, doi:10.1029/2007JG000544.

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.

Hudak AT, Morgan P, Bobbitt MJ, Smith AMS, Lewis SA, Lentile LB, Robichaud PR, Clark JT, McKinley RA. 2007. The relationship of multispectral satellite imagery to immediate fire effects, Journal of Fire Ecology, 3,1, 64-90.

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 N.American ponderosa pine forest, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 20, 5159-5166

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

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, 4, L16708, doi:10.1029/2007GL030804

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Strand, E., 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.

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. 

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 perimeters and comparisons with fire atlas data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26 ,21, 4801-4808.

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.

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.  

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

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 

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

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 

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