Shallow Water Earth Observation Laboratory (SWEOL)

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Mapping of aquatic environments using satellite data.

Areas of expertise

The lab members (director, post-docs and graduate students) have a broad range of expertise covering aspects of automated satellite data processing (passive optical and lidar), radiative transfer modeling, atmospheric and adjacency effect correction, predictive modeling, and software development. We work primarily with high-resolution optical satellites (WorldView, Pleiades, Sentinel-2) and lidar (airborne and ICESat-2).

Research services
  • Water quality and bathymetry mapping and monitoring
  • Small-scale UAV-based mapping projects
  • Predictive model development
  • Software development
Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Ocean industries
  • Transportation
Dell Server, 48 CPUs, 2 GPUs, 512GB RAM, 15TB storageCollaborative space for all research members (internal and external) to share data and software and run processing-heavy code.
DJI Matrice 600 ProMulti-function drone to carry a range of sensors.
Cubert S185 FireflEYE SE Hyperspectral CameraHyperspectral full frame imaging.
Inflatable boatTwo-person platform for data collection in inshore waters.
Submersible Ocean Optics Jaz spectrometer (single-channel)General remote sensing related field data collection.
Submersible Ocean Optics Jaz spectrometer (dual-channel)General remote sensing related field data collection.
Depth sounderGeneral remote sensing related field data collection.
GPSs, including one Trimble R1 DGPSGeneral remote sensing related field data collection.


  • Fluvial Systems Research Inc.
  • First Resource Management Group
  • ASL Environmental Sciences
University of Ottawa Faculty of Arts
New satellite imagery first to identify endangered Gulf of St. Lawrence North Atlantic right whale from space.