Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island
Expertise: remote sensing and geospatial technologies, natural resources, monitoring and managing vegetation along power lines
Dr. Parent’s research uses geospatial analysis and remote sensing to help address problems relating to natural resources and the environment. Research topics include: remote assessment of forest health and structure, assessment of forest risk to infrastructure, evaluation of utility vegetation management programs, high-resolution mapping of outdoor and indoor environments, and assessing urban growth and its environmental impacts. His work uses high-resolution LiDAR and spectral data collected from manned and unmanned aircraft.
Parent was an assistant research professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). He specializes in the application of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to address problems involving natural resources. He was affiliated with UConn’s Eversource Energy Center and his research focuses on developing improved methods for monitoring and managing vegetation along power lines. Dr. Parent earned a Ph.D. and an M.S., from UConn, in Natural Resources with concentrations in Earth Resources Information Systems and Landscape Ecology. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from UConn.
CIRCA Project(s): Real-time Flood Prediction and Vulnerability Analysis of Connecticut’s Inland River Network