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Nov. 30 - Dec. 3  |  2021
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Tuesday, November 30 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crowd Sourced Bathymetry

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Hundreds of thousands of vessels traverse the world's oceans on a given day. Only a handful of those crafts have the capability to conduct bathymetric surveys. However, the majority if not all of those vessels have positioning, navigation, and depth measuring instruments.  According to GEBCO_2021, only 20.6% of the world's oceans are mapped. By collecting and sharing some of their data, these ships can help map the gaps, contribute to scientific research and improve navigational safety.

Join us as we hear from four CSB innovators who are helping to change the statistic on mapped areas.

Derek Niles, President of Orange Force Marine Ltd. will introduce us to building a near real-time cloud-based CSB solution with the Great Lakes Observing System, in the Great Lakes.

Robin Beaman, Research Fellow from James Cook University, will give us insights into his efforts to increase these data through engagement with dive expedition vessels and organizations such as the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.Commander Christoff Theunissen

Commander Christoff Theunissen, Assistant South African National Hydrographer Maritime Safety Coordinator for the South African National Hydrographic Office will provide a brief overview of....

Dr. Brian Calder from the University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (UNH-CCOM) will discuss his inexpensive volunteer observer bathymetric data collection systems for swarm deployment in under-served, under-mapped areas of the world. 

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Linden Brinks

Geospatial Analyst, Great Lakes Observing System
Linden Brinks is a geospatial analyst at the Great Lakes Observing System. She has been working with partners in the Great Lakes region to coordinate mapping initiatives such as Lakebed 2030 and the Great Lakes Bottom Mapping Working Group for over two years. Recently she has been... Read More →


Brian Calder

Brian Calder graduated M.Eng and Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and since 2000 has been with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping & NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center at the University... Read More →
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Robin Beaman

Research Fellow, James Cook University
Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaGEBCO Seabed 2030 requires substantial contribution in crowdsourced bathymetry data to fulfill the aims of the project. In this talk I will present efforts being taken on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, to increase these... Read More →

Commander Christoff Theunissen

Assistant South African National Hydrographer, South Africa National Hydrographic Office
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Derek Niles

President, Orange Force Marine
Taking his maritime experience gathered with over 20 years of service to the Government of Canada, in 2017, Derek founded a specialized marine services business in the Great Lakes called Orange Force Marine Ltd. (OFM) who continue to deliver hydrographic / bathymetric survey, marine science, marine consulting, marine products, emergency response, oil & gas support and marine training services to a multitude of public organizations and private companies. Returning to his SAR roots, Derek also foun... Read More →

Tuesday November 30, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EAT
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