Frédérique Pivot (http://everywhere.athabascau.ca/pivot/) grew up in France, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Since her early childhood, she dedicated great passion for the Polar region, which largely influenced her coming to Canada and career choice as a remote sensing of snow scientist. Dr. Pivot is a tenured Assistant Professor of physical geography and remote sensing at Athabasca University, Alberta. Her main research focuses on developing enhanced observing systems capabilities (technology and algorithms) for monitoring the spatio-temporal dynamics of snow and ice. For the past few years, she looked into multi-stage remote sensing approaches using UAVs, for improving the collection of cryospheric information at different spatial scales and the retrieval accuracy of snow and ice parameters from space.
Dr. Pivot also works on developing technological ways to innovate the online teaching and learning of geography. She is collaborating with computer scientists to implement field work into her courses by means of mobile technology-guided field trips and collaborative virtual geographic environments. In the last five years, Dr. Pivot has assembled several small fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs using off-the-shelf components. She has also received education and training to become a safe and responsible UAV operator. She obtained her first SFOC in September 2012.