Elizabeth Simms

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2021
Tel: (709) 864-2414
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: lambert@mun.ca


The research projects conducted under my supervision include mapping of coastal ice from radar images, satellite image analysis for the characterization boundary environments such as the coastal zone, Arctic tree line and glacier ice margins. Current activities include the development of a guide for the visual interpretation of land cover and land use from radar images and the analysis of Radarsat-2 and Cosmo-SkyMed images for the extraction of socio-economic variables. Other topics of research that I am interested in, include the evaluation of remote sensing classification schemes for the representation of landscape features perceived and described through Aboriginal language.


I am Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. I received my MSc degree from the Université de Sherbrooke and completed my PhD at the Université de Montréal. In 1985 and 1986, I worked for the Application Division of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing on research projects related to the ocean, coastal environment, agriculture, and natural resource monitoring.

I have been at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1990. The courses I teach are in the area of remote sensing: Geog 3250, 4250 and 6150. I am occasionally instructor to the courses Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences (Geog 2195), Field Method I (Geog 2226) and Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Geography (Geog 3222).

Recent Publications

Simms, É. L. 2017 Détection de milieux bâtis à l'aide d'images radar à synthèse d'ouverture. Journal canadien de télédétection 43(2): 168-176. DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2017.1288507.

Simms, É. L. 2017 Nearest neighbour analysis applied to synthetic aperture radar images for the description of urban land cover and land use. International Journal of Remote Sensing 38(4): 1101-1113. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2017.1280628.

Simms, É. L. 2016. Remote sensing of built-up areas using RADARSAT-2 and COSMO SkyMed images. Blue Box Seminar, St. John’s, NL: Memorial University, November 25.

Simms, É. L. and H. Ward 2013 Multisensor NDVI-Based Monitoring of the Tundra-Taiga Interface (Mealy Mountains, Labrador, Canada). Remote Sensing, 5(3): 1066-1090. DOI: 10.3390/rs5031066.

McHugh-Warren, S. and Simms, É. 2012 Radar images in the prosecution of illegal oil discharges: opportunities and a case study. The Journal of Ocean Technology: Oil on water, 7(4): 73-86.

Simms, É. 2010 Representation in remote sensing classifications of Aboriginal landscape descriptions. The Canadian Geographer, 54(4): 492-505.

Simms, É. and H. Morrison 2009 Teaching RADARSAT across disciplines: R2Read. Paper number 541, 30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Lethbridge, June 22-25. Presentation

Simms, A. and É. Simms 2009 Multidate image analysis of the Mealy Mountain (Labrador) tree-line. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, Halifax, May 14-17. Presentation


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000