Themes for the 2015 Conference include:

Oceanographic Variables in Marine Habitat Mapping: habitat diversity and distribution is a result of the interplay between different  oceanographic variables. How can we integrate biological, geological, chemical and physical variables in habitat mapping? The session will explore multidisciplinary approaches to habitat mapping, including case studies.

Acoustic Backscatter: Applications, Challenges and Best Practices: this session aims to bring together studies focusing on backscatter applications and challenges to habitat mapping and the best practices, expanding on the results of the GeoHab Backscatter Working Group.

Habitat Mapping for Marine Spatial Planning: sustainable use of Marine Natural Resources is a major concern all over the world. In this context, marine habitat mapping is a major step in the identification of areas suitable to the establishment of Marine Protected Areas. The main goal of this session is to present studies/experiences from different regions of the world focused on the use of habitat mapping for marine spatial planning.

Heterogeneity of Tropical Seas Habitats: the tropical oceans present a high degree of spatial heterogeneity of its geo and biodiversity. From the Amazon Plume to the Tropical Coral reefs of Abrolhos and the storm-dominated environments in the south, a number of different geological/sedimentological settings are represented along the BrazilianMargin.Wewelcome case studies from the Brazilian Margin and other regions of the world focusing on habitat heterogeneity.

Coastal, Shelf and Deep-Sea Habitats: this session aims to bring together studies fromall over the world involving case studies on seabed habitat mapping.

Technology, Methods and New Approaches in Marine Habitat Mapping: linking acoustics, ground-validation and modelling. Following the workshop held in Geohab2014, this session will explore new technologies and approaches for habitat mapping and predictive modelling.

Geohabitat Mapping Applications to Marine Energy and Mineral Industries: the expansion of oil exploration to deep and ultra-deep waters and renewed interest in Marine Minerals raise a series of issues concerning marine habitat protection and conservation in jurisdictional and international areas. How are the industry, government and academia dealing with this?


Sunday, May 3th

08:30 - Registration opens
09:00 – 17:00 – Workshop (Day 1)
17:00 - Registration closes

Monday, May 4th

08:30 – Registration opens
09:00 – 15:00 – Workshop (Day 2)
17:00 – Registration closes
19:00 – Welcome Ceremony
19:00 – 21.00 – Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday -Thursday,   May 5th-7th 

Conferences: Click here for Preliminary Program Schedule as of 2015-04-05

Friday, May 8th

08:00-17:00  – Field trip – Todos os Santos bay