Research topics

I am a geomatician specializing in remote sensing of biogeophysical parameters. My interests are in remote sensing and geomatics applied to the environment, natural resources and natural hazards. I am specifically involved in the development of methods for estimating parameters from passive microwaves, radar and lidar altimetry for water in soil, snow or vegetation cover; variations in surface water levels, biomass and carbon in forest formations and agricultural environments; geomatics of fire and flood propagation; mining exploration, cadastral applications and mapping updating.


Current projects

Study of surface water level variations in heterogeneous environments by satellite altimetry (Topex-Poseidon, Jason, Envisat, Icesat) Estimation of soil moisture using ground measurements and airborne and satellite passive microwave data as part of the validation of SMOS data Estimation of vegetation water content and integration of remote sensing into forest fire propagation models Use of microPassive waves and satellite altimetry for estimating snow depth and water content Biomass and carbon from tropical forest formations Analysis of multi-source geoscience and remote sensing data combined with conventional surveys, for mining exploration purposes Synergy of spectral measurements for winter road maintenance decision support (pavement conditions)



  • Wang, H., Magagi, R., Goïta, K., Jagdhuber, T., Hajnsek, I. (2016). Evaluation of simplified polarimetric decomposition for soil moisture retrieval over vegetated agricultural fields. Remote Sensing, 8(2) , art. no. 142.


  • Djamai, N., Magagi, R., Goïta, K., Merlin, O., Kerr, Y., Walker, A.(2015). Disaggregation of SMOS soil moisture over the Canadian Prairies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 170 , art. no. 9547, pp. 255 – 268.
  • McNairn, H., Jackson, T.J., Wiseman, G., Bélair, S., Berg, A., Bullock, P., Colliander, A., Cosh, M.H., Kim, S.-B., Magagi, R., Moghaddam, M., Njoku, E.G., Adams, J.R., Homayouni, S., Ojo, E.R., Rowlandson, T.L., Shang, J., Goïta, K., Hosseini, M. (2015). The soil moisture active passive validation experiment 2012 (SMAPVEX12): Prelaunch calibration and validation of the SMAP soil moisture algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53 ( 5 ) , art. no. 6955796 , pp. 2784 – 2801.


  • Gherboudj, I., Magagi, R., Goïta, K., Berg, A.A., Toth, B., Walker, A. (2012) Validation of SMOS data over agricultural and boreal forest areas in Canada. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50 (5 PART 1), art. no. 6178008, pp. 1623-1635. Gherboudj et al. 2012


  • Langlois, A., Royer, A., Dupont, F., Roy, A., Goïta, K. and Picard, G. (2011) Improved corrections of forest effects on passive microwave satellite remote sensing of snow over boreal and subarctic regions. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 49(10 PART 2), art. no. 5771614, pp. 3824-3837.
  • Toure, A.M., Goïta, K., Royer, A., Kim, E.J., Durand, M., Margulis, S.A., Lu, H. (2011) A case study of using a multilayered thermodynamical snow model for radiance assimilation. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol.49 (8), art. no. 5756663, pp. 2828-2837.


  • Bouziani, M., K. Goïta, and D.-C. He (2010) Automatic change detection of buildings in urban environment from very high spatial resolution images using existing geodatabase and prior knowledge, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 143-153.
  • Bouziani, M., K. Goïta, and D.-C. He (2010) Rule-based classification of a very high-resolution image in an urban environment using multispectral segmentation guided by cartographic data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 48, Issue 8, pp.3198-3211.
  • Eleuch, S., A. Carsteanu, K. Bâ, R. Magagi, K. Goïta, and K. Diaz (2010) Validation and use of rainfall radar data to simulate water flows in the Rio Escondido basin. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Volume 24, Number 5, pp. 559-565, DOI: 10.1007/s00477-009-0336-9.
  • Langlois, A., Royer A. and Goïta, K. (2010). Analysis of simulated and spaceborne passive microwave brightness temperatures using in-situ measurements of snow and vegetation properties, Can. J. Remote Sensing, 36, S135–S148.
  • Langlois, A., Royer, A., Montpetit, B., Picard, G., Brucker, L., Arnaud L., Harvey-Collard, P., Fily, M. and Goïta, K. (2010) On the relationship between snow grain morphology and in-situ near infrared calibrated reflectance photographs. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 61, pp. 34-42. doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2010.01.004
  • Royer, A., K. Goïta, J. Kohn, and D. DeSève (2010). Monitoring dry, wet, and no- snow conditions from microwave satellite observations. IEEE Geos. Remote Sens. Letters, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 670-674. DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2010.2045733
  • Sarr, J.H., Goïta, K., Desmarais, C. (2010) Analysis of air pollution from swine production by using air dispersion model and GIS in Quebec. Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 39, pp. 1975-1983.
  • Vachon, F., Goïta, K., De Sève, D., and Royer, A. (2010). Inversion of a snow emission model calibrated with in situ data for snow water equivalent monitoring. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 59-71, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2009.2026892.


  • Toure, A. M., Goïta, K., Royer, A., Mätzler, C. and M. Schneebeli (2009). Near-infrared digital photography to estimate snow correlation length for microwave emission modeling. Applied Optics vol. 47(36), p. 6723-6733, doi :10.1364/AO.47.006723. pdf


  • Béland, M., Goïta, K., Bonn, F., Cu, P.V. (2008). Evaluating land suitability for shrimp aquaculture development using GIS: a case study in Northern Vietnam. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 8(4), p.13-20.
  • Bui, D.V., Goïta, K. (2008). Utilisation d’images satellitaires pour l’étude du risque d’inondation lié à l’occupation des terres au nord du Viêt-nam. Télédétection, vol. 7 p. 203-215.
  • Traoré, P.C., Bostick, W., Jones, J., Koo, J., Goïta, K., Bado, B. (2008). A simple soil organic matter model for biomass data assimilation in community-level carbon contracts. Ecological Applications, 18(3), 2008, p. 624-636.


  • Pardé, M., K. Goïta, A. Royer (2007). Inversion of a passive microwave snow emission model for water equivalent estimation using airborne and satellite data. Remote Sensing of Cryosphere Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 111 (2007), p. 346-356.


  • Béland, M., Goïta, K., Bonn, F., Pham, T. T. H. (2006). “Assessment of land-cover changes related to shrimp aquaculture using remote sensing data: a case study in the Giao Thuy District, Vietnam”. International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 27, no 8, p. 1491-1510.
  • Coulibaly, L., Goïta, K., (2006). “Evaluation of the potential of various spectral indices and textural features derived from satellites images for surficial deposits mapping”. International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 27, no 20, ISSN 0143-1161, p. 4567-4584.


  • Bénié, G. B., S. S. Kaboré, K. Goïta, M.-F. Courel (2005). “Remote sensing-based spatio-temporal modeling to predict biomass in the Sahelian Grazing ecosystem”. Ecological Modelling, vol. 184, p. 341-354, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2004.10.012.
  • Pardé, M., K. Goïta, A. Royer, F. Vachon (2005). “Boreal Forest Transmissivity in the Microwave Domain Using Ground-Based Measurements”. IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Letters. 10.1109/LGRS.2004.842469.


  • Mbow, C., K. Goïta, G. B. Bénié (2004). “Spectral indices and fire behaviour simulation for fire risk assessment in savanna ecosystems”. Remote Sensing of Environment, mai 2004, vol. 91, no 1, p. 1-13.
  • Roy, V., K. Goïta, A. Royer, A.E. Walker, B.E. Goodison (2004). “Snow Water Equivalent Retrieval in a Canadian Boreal Environment From Microwave Measurements Using the HUT Snow Emission Model”. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Sept. 2004, vol. 42, no 9, p. 1850-1859.


  • Fily, M., A. Royer, K. Goïta and C. Prigent (2003). “A simple retrieval method for land surface temperature and fraction of water surface determination from satellite microwave brightness temperatures in sub-arctic areas”. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 85, p. 328 -338. doi:10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00011-7
  • Germain, M., G.B. Bénié, J.-M. Boucher , S. Foucher, K. Fung, and K. Goïta (2003). “Contribution of the fractal Dimension to Multiscale Adaptive Filtering of SAR Imagery”. IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 41, no 8, p. 1765-1772. Goïta, K., A.E. Walker and B.E. Goodison (2003). “Algorithms development for the retrieval of snow water equivalent in the boreal forest using passive microwave data”. International Journal of Remote Sensing, janvier 2003, vol. 24, no 5, p. 1097-1102.


  • Traoré , P.C.S., A. Royer and K. Goïta (1998). “Land surface temperature time series derived from weekly AVHRR GVI composite datasets : potential and constraints for northern latitudes”. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 23, no. 4, p. 390-400.


  • Goïta, K., A. Royer and N. Bussières (1997). “Characterization of land surface thermal structure from NOAA-AVHRR data over a northern ecosystem”. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 60, p. 282-298.
  • Goïta, K. and A. Royer (1997). “Surface temperature and emissivity separability over land surface from combined TIR and SWIR AVHRR data” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 35, no 3, p. 718-733.
  • Royer, A., K. Goïta, C. Ansseau, A. Faizoun et G. Saint (1997). “Analysis of Boreal Forest Dynamics Using the Global Vegetation Index”. Remote Sensing Reviews, vol. 15, p. 265-282.


  • Goïta, K., R. Gonzales-Rubio, G.B. Bénié, A. Royer et F. Michaud (1994). « Une revue de littérature des réseaux neuromimétiques et des systèmes à base de connaissances dans l’analyse et l’interprétation d’images en télédétection ». Revue canadienne de génie électrique et informatique, vol. 19, no 2, p. 53-61.



Bénié, G. B., C. Müller-Poitevien, M. Yergeau, K. Goïta (2008). « La géomatique appliquée à la santé » (en préparation pour les Presses de l’Université du Québec).