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Éloïse Brassard

MSc student - Our spectral analysis specialist

Research project: Spectral and compositional analysis of gossans in volcanic terrain in the Canadian Arctic

I completed my bachelor's degree in geomatics applied to the environment in 2021, during which I had the opportunity to realize two internships with the T-MARS project. My first internship consisted of experimenting with different processing techniques of WorldView 2 and 3 satellite images in order to find a method of identifying gossans in our study area. At the same time, I also conducted a review of the scientific literature and the numerous existing geological maps in order to make a census of the known locations of gossans in the Canadian Arctic.

My second internship consisted in designing and implementing a web platform (on which you are currently navigating!) as well as an interactive web map. The objective of these two means of communication is to disseminate the research project to the public and to share the results with northern communities. I invite you to visit our interactive map and our blog if not already done!

I began my studies in geology before redirecting myself to geomatics. I am also interested in astronomy, astrophysics and Earth and space sciences. I have always had an adventurous spirit, which I was able to confirm during another internship during my undergraduate studies, for the Lake Pulse project. I had the chance to be part of a field team sampling lakes for nine weeks in British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories. This experience helped me to discover my strong interest in polar and northern environments, and led me to realize that science and adventure are not incompatible! Something to dream about for my future career...

Currently, I am doing a master's degree in the T-MARS project about spectral and compositional analysis of gossans in volcanic terrain. My main objective is to improve knowledge of the geology and remote sensing of terrestrial gossans to evaluate their detection potential on Earth and Mars using satellite imagery and a spectral library of Martian analog materials.

Project conducted under the direction of Prof. Myriam Lemelin, September 2021 to August 2023.

Eloise is a member of the 2022 and 2023 field sampling teams.

Picture Éloïse Brassard