Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Technologies and Methodologies

Connecting Coastal and Deep Sea Habitats for Resources Assessment
(Understanding Habitats Under Rapid Environmental Change and Human Impact)

Geohab2015 workshop will last 1.5 days.

Day 1 – Sunday May 3th, 2015

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Discussion of  Workshop Agenda

  • The plan is to host a 1.5 day workshop on four specific topics that will provide background on mapping and assessment issues of interest to the Latin American scientific and industrial community
  • Day One will be dedicated to a series of two hour discussions on the following topics that apply to both the marine and land based case studies and techniques:
    • Resource assessment and management, will provide background related to opportunities and applications in the Latin American region
    • Habitats and environmental assessments
    • Geohazards assessment
    • UNCLOS Law of the SEA Article 76 and Boundary Assessment
  • Day Two will be dedicated to discussions and ideas on how to implement the work described in day One.  And to allow the group to prioritize what aspects are of interest and which should be the focus of efforts to initiate programs for future studies.

3. Why We Map

  • This will be short presentation on the reasons for mapping and developing the basis for the following discussions.  Concepts will include
    • Map Once, Use Many Times
    •  In order to manage something, you must be able to measure it
    • Government-Academia-Industry Partnerships

4. Topic 1: Resource Assessment and Management

  • Four presentations on the following topics focused on this Region:
    • Oil and Gas resources in the Region
    • Alternative energy applications
    • Non-oil and gas resources
      •  Mining
      • Bio-Mass
      • Hydro-electric
    • National Geospatial Data Program examples
      • Technologies: IFSAR, LiDAR, Digital Imagery, airborne, satellite
      • Products: topographic maps, digital orthophotos, slope maps, etc.
      • Assessments: resources, BioMass, flood maps, geologic trends and faulting assessment

5. Topic 2: Habitats and Environmental Assessment

  • Four presentations on the following topics focused on this Region:
    •  Fisheries Habitat Assessment
      • Classification schemes
        • EUNIS (European)
        • Seascapes (Austrailan)
        • CMECS (North American, U.S.)
      • Mapping attribute codes (a GIS based method)
      • East coast U.S. and Canada
      • West coast U.S. and Canada
    • Land Use/Land Cover Assessment in the near shore environments
      • Thematic mapping applications
      • Change detection
    • Technologies for Fisheries Habitat Assessments
      •  MBES
      • Hydro LiDAR
      • Ground truthing
    • Coastal Zone Mapping-merging of sensor technologies and applications
      • Sea Level Rise base line
      • Merging of topo and bathy data sets for elevation
      • Merging of topo and bathy data for imagery

6. Topic 3: Geohazards Assessment

  • Four presentations on the following topics focused on this Region:
    • Earthquakes
    • Tsunamis
    • Volcanoes
    • Mapping technologies applications

7. Topic 4: UNCLOS Law of the SEA Article 76 and Boundary Assessment

  • Five presentations on the following topics focused on Latin America.  This will include a discussion on the purpose, definitions and requirements for each nation to make a claim to extend is offshore resource boundary beyond the 200 mile limit, define the boundary with its neighbors, evaluate the potential claim and timeframes to allow for this.  Including the current status and activities:
    • Definitions and requirements
    • Chile
    • Peru
    • Ecuador
    • Colombia
    • Brazil
    • Other countries

8. Summary for the day and review of the plan for Day Two

Day 2 – Monday 4th, 2015

1. Introduction to Breakout Groups (suggested topics, to be modified; working groups to meet for about one hour)

  • Practical technologies and methodologies for the region
  • Mapping techniques and attributes most beneficial to the region
  • Objectives for future programs:
    • Potential International or Regional cooperation
    • Priorities for mapping programs

2. Reconvene – Working groups report

3. The Way Forward – Development of a Strategic Plan (National and International)

4. Conclusions and Recommendations – initiation of partnerships and assistance