Lindsay, John

Dr. John Lindsay
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Western Ontario 2005
Phone: 
519 824-4120 ext. 56074
Office: 
Hutt 346
Specialization: 

GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, digital terrain analysis, LiDAR, hydrology, rivers, pollution, software development.

My research interests focus upon the development and application of spatial analysis techniques (i.e. GIS and remote sensing) to the study of the physical environment. Much of my work has focused on applications in the areas of hydrology, geomorphology, and environmental contamination. I am interested in digital terrain modelling and analysis and in the study of error in environmental modelling applications. I have several ongoing research projects that involve topographic data derived from laser altimetry (LiDAR). GIS software development and spatial analysis algorithm design have always been important components of much of my research.

GEOG*1300 Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2420 The Earth from Space
GEOG*3420 Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG*3480 GIS and Spatial Analysis
GEOG*6090 Research Methods
GEOG*6550 Environmental Modelling

  • Peer reviewer for: Water Resources Research, Applied Geography, Computers & Geosciences, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Hydrological Processes, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, and Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
  • Associate Editor (Science & Techniques) The Great Lakes Geographer, 2000, 2002.
  • Symposium Organizer, International Perspectives on Spatial Modelling in Catchment Research, University of Manchester, UK, June 25, 2007.

Lindsay JB, Francioni A, Cockburn JMH. 2019. LiDAR DEM smoothing and the preservation of drainage features. Remote Sensing, 11(16), 1926; DOI: 10.3390/rs11161926.

Roberts KC, Lindsay JB, Berg AA. 2019. An analysis of ground-point classifiers for terrestrial LiDAR. Remote Sensing, 11(16), 1915; DOI: 10.3390/rs11161915.

Lindsay JB, Newman DR, Francioni* A. 2019. Scale-optimized surface roughness for topographic analysis. Geosciences, 9(7) 322. DOI: 10.3390/geosciences9070322.

Newman D, Lindsay JB, Cockburn JMH. 2018. Measuring hyperscale topographic anisotropy as a continuous landscape property. Geosciences, 8(8) 1-14. DOI: 10.3390/geosciences8080278.

Liu Y, Yang W, Shao H, Yu Z, Lindsay JB. 2018. Development of an integrated modelling system for evaluating water quantity and quality effects of individual wetlands in an agricultural watershed. Water, 10(6). DOI: 10.3390/w10060774.

Newman D, Lindsay JB, Cockburn JM. 2018. Evaluating metrics of local topographic position for multiscale geomorphometric analysis. Geomorphology, 312(1): 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.04.003

Chabot M, Lindsay J, Berg A, Rowlandson T. 2018. Comparing the use of terrestrial LiDAR scanners and pin profilers for deriving agricultural roughness statistics. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 44(2). DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2018.1461559.

Shao H, Yang W, Lindsay JB, Liu Y, Yu Z, and Oginskyy A. 2017. An open source GIS-based decision support system for watershed evaluation of BMPs. Journal of the American Water ResourcesAssociation. 53(3): 521–531. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12521

Fuss CE, Berg AA, Lindsay JB. 2016. DEM fusion using a modified k-means clustering algorithm. The International Journal of Digital Earth, 9(12): 1242-1255. DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2016.1208685

Woodrow K, Lindsay JB, Berg AA. 2016. Evaluating DEM conditioning techniques, elevation source data, and grid resolution for field-scale hydrological parameter extraction. Journal of Hydrology, 540: 1022-1029. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.07.018

Lindsay JB. 2016. Whitebox GAT: A case study in geomorphometric analysis. Computers & Geosciences, 95: 75-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2016.07.003

Lindsay JB. 2016. The practice of DEM stream burning revisited. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(5): 658–668. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3888

Bhamjee R, Lindsay JB, Cockburn J. 2016. Monitoring ephemeral headwater streams: A paired sensor approach. Hydrological Processes, 30(6): 888–898. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10677

Lindsay JB. 2016. Efficient hybrid breaching-filling sink removal methods for flow path enforcement in digital elevation models. Hydrological Processes, 30(6): 846–857. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10648

Lindsay JB, Cockburn J, Russell H. 2015. An integral image approach to performing multi-scale topographic position analysis.  , 245: 51–61. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.05.025

Molder B, Cockburn J, Berg A, Lindsay J, Woodrow K. 2015. Sediment-assisted nutrient transfer from a small, no-till, tile drained watershed in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Agricultural Water Management, 152: 31–40. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.12.010

Lindsay JB, Dhun K. 2015. Modelling surface drainage patterns in altered landscapes using LiDAR. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29: 1–15. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.975715

Peirce SE, Lindsay JB. 2015. Characterizing ephemeral streams in a southern Ontario watershed using electrical resistance sensors. Hydrological Processes, 29: 103–111. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10136

Goulsbra C, Evans M, Lindsay J. 2014. Temporary streams in a peatland catchment: Pattern, timing, and controls on stream network expansion and contraction. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39: 790–803. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3533

For a complete and updated list of Prof. Lindsay's publications please see the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group website.

GIS, Geomorphometry, LiDAR Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Hydrology

Prof. John Lindsay is looking for 2 new graduate students to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group in Fall 2019. These students will take on research projects related to a broad range of geomorphometry (digital terrain analysis) and spatial hydrology topics actively studied within the GHRG. Specifically, Prof. Lindsay is looking for students to work on projects related to the processing of the newly acquired Southern Ontario LiDAR topographic data set. Students will be involved in the application and development of novel techniques for handling these data in spatial hydrological applications. GHRG students are provided advanced training in GIS and geomatics more broadly and have opportunity to gain experience with terrain mapping equipment, LiDAR data, and spatial analysis software (GIS and remote sensing). Interested students are encouraged to email Prof. Lindsay (jlindsay@uoguelph.ca (email address)) with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate – Geomorphometry (Digital Terrain Analysis)

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics at University of Guelph is seeking a postdoctoral fellow/research associate to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group(GHRG) led by Dr. John Lindsay(in collaboration with Drs. Berg and Yang). The research team members, comprising graduate and undergraduate research students, have versatile expertise in the fields of geomorphometry (i.e., the quantitative analysis of digital elevation data), LiDAR remote sensing, and spatial analysis applied to hydrological and geomorphological research problems. As active members in the open-source GIS development community, the GHRG is home to the WhiteboxToolsand Whitebox GATsoftware.  

The successful candidate is expected to play an important role in lab-related research projects, including a large research study focused on predicting soil organic carbon (SOC) within southwestern Ontario’s agricultural lands using LiDAR-derived terrain data. S/he should: 1) have a research background that includes spatial analysis (GIS), remote sensing, LiDAR, and/or geomorphometry, 2) be familiar with commonly used GIS tools (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, Whitebox GAT, WhiteboxTools), and 3) have hands-on experience with GIS development and related programming languages. Demonstrated computer programming skills are necessary, with preferred experience using one or more of the Python, C/C++, Java, or Rust programming languages. The position may be filled as either a postdoctoral fellow or a research associate. For the postdoctoral fellow, a Ph.D. degree is required at the time of appointment, whereas, the excellent candidates holding a master degree will be considered for hire as a research associate. This is a full-time, grant-funded research position for one year with possible renewal upon fund availability and a satisfactory performance.  

The screening process will start from September 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a one-page statement of research philosophy and interest, and the contact information of three referees, to:

Dr. John Lindsay
Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1
email: jlinsday@uoguelph.ca

 

Graduate Students Supervised

Name Research
M.Sc. 2019 Francioni, Anthony Using fine resolution LiDAR DEMs to create an algorithm that preserves significant edge-features such as microtopographic drainage channels by ways of a drainage-feature preserving smoothing filter.
M.Sc. 2019 Gudim, Simon Impoundment Size Index (ISI): The use of potential impoundment size for the characterization of topographic incision in DEMs.
M.Sc. 2019 Roberts, Kevin An Analysis of Ground-Point Classifiers for Terrestrial LiDAR.
M.Sc. 2018 Newman, Daniel (MA) Investigating hyperscale terrain analysis metrics and methods.
M.Sc. 2017 Mallon, Christopher Hydrologic-economic modeling of the cost-effectiveness and targeting of nutrient management in the Gully Creek Watershed, Ontario.
M.Sc. 2016 Chabot (Cowan), Melanie Characterizing Agricultural Surface roughness using a terrestrial laser scanner: Implications for soil moisture retrieval from remote sensing products.
Ph.D. 2015 Bhamjee, Rashaad [PhD] Low-Flow Hydrology In Canadian Headwater Areas.
M.Sc. 2014 Woodrow, Kathryn Isolated Catchment Mapping in Southwestern Ontario Morainal Landscapes
M.Sc. 2013 Fuss, Colleen Increasing digital elevation model resolution using multi-observation, quad-polar, RADARSAT-2 imagery and data fusion techniques.
M.Sc. 2012 Ahrens, Beau Landscape characterization using digital elevation models.
M.Sc. 2012 Peirce, Sarah Characterization of ephemeral streams using electrical resistance (ER) sensors.
M.Sc. 2011 Dhun, Kimberly Application of LiDAR DEM to the modelling of surface drainage patterns in human modified landscapes.
M.Sc. 2010 Bhamjee, Rashaad [M.Sc.] Assessing spatial and temporal variability in ephemeral stream flow in Southern Ontario.
Ph.D. Newman, Daniel Scale optimization in multi-scale geomorphometric approaches.
M.Sc. Van Nieuwenhuizen, Nigel