Each AWARE research theme has a research leader, who is a leading remote sensing, forestry, and/or ecological researcher. These leaders will manage the research at selected regional focus sites across Canada in collaboration with other university, government, and industry researchers. All key university researchers participating in AWARE have extensive experience in one or more areas related to remote sensing and geomatics research and its application to forestry issues and management. As a research team, training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) remains their highest priority. Each researcher has a well-established research lab and brings a range of collaborators from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to AWARE, thereby providing an interdisciplinary forum for education.