Maycira Costa

Department of Geography
University of Victoria
991111 Ring Rd
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Phone: 250-721-7334



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Dr. Maycira Costa is a Profressor in the Depratment of Geography at the University of Victoria. Her research group is working towards (1) developing research methods to make more effective use of remotely sensed imagery for understanding and monitoring biophysical processes in ocean waters and wetlands, and (2) researching light attenuation in coastal and riverine waters.

During her time at UVic, Dr.Costa has built the SPECTRAL lab, for investigating spectral characteristics of the Earth’s surface. The first of its kind in Western Canada, the lab focuses on the interaction of light energy with organic and inorganic material in water. The lab is equipped with a high-precision liquid chromatograph for analyzing phytoplankton pigment, a set of hyperspectral radiometers for above and in-water measurements (Satlantic), a set of fluorescence, hyperspectral absorption and attenuation sensors (ac-S), a darkroom for simulating controlled environmental conditions, and more.

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Nahirnick, N.; Costa, M.;Schroeder, S.; and Sharma, T. (in preparation). Long-term eelgrass (Zostera marina) habitat change and associated human impacts on the west coast of Canada.

Carwell, T.; Costa, M.;Hilborn, A.; Sweeting, R. (2016).Chlorophyll phenology in the Salish Sea: spatial and temporal data from ocean colour satellite imagery. State of the Pysical, Biological, and Selected Fishery Resources of Pacific CanadianMarine Ecosystems in 2015. Chandler, P.C.; King, S.A.; Perry, I (eds.).Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3179.

Loos, E.; Costa, M.; Johannessen, S. (2017). Underwater optical environment in the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada. FACETS. ID facets-2017-0074.

Costa, Maycira; O’Neill, Jennifer; Boyer, Leanna, “High resolution satellite imagery to map canopy distribution of kelp in the Salish Sea” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 14.

Suchy, Karyn; Perry, Ian; Costa, Maycira; Young, Kelly; Galbraith, Moira; Hunt, Brian; Esenkulova, Svetlana; Boldt, Jennifer; Thompson, Matthew; “Comparison of bottom-up processes in Canadian subregions of the Salish Sea” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 441.

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