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The Fifth International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences was held in Wellington, New Zealand  on August 22 to 26, 2011. Though it was a small conference (about 47 attendees), many applications of interest to Sea Grant and NOAA types were presented. Below are a few.

Robert O’Conner, a Fishery Information Specialist with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, presented AquaMap, an experimental benthic mapping tool that “links sonar hand-sets to surface-based GPS measurements, allowing divers to map underwater with the ease and accuracy of a GPS unit.” The development of this tool resulted from the NOAA HPCC IT Incubator Program.

Dale Keifer, a Professor of Biology¬† at the University of Southern California, demonstrated the Pelagic Habitat Analysis Module (PHAM), a set of software tools “designed to assist fishery managers, scientists, and researchers examine and predict the habitat for pelagic ocean biota utilising presence/absence or abundance data for the biota combined with environmental datasets such as satellite imagery, bathymetry, survey cruises, and ocean circulation models.” PHAM is a component of the Environmental Analysis System (EASy) GIS that was developed specifically for marine applications.

Suzanne Rizor of Blue Leaf Environmental showed how her company used GIS to evaluate the approach and passage behavior of salmonid smolts at a hydroelectric project on the Mid-Columbia River in Washington. The aim is to design better bypass structures to increase fish passage survival.

Michael Hinton, senior scientist with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, talked about the use of GIS for habitat mapping of tuna species from satellite imagery to improve management. He also is collaborating on Fishscape, a geospatial model of the international fishery targeting tropcial tunas in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Be sure to be on the lookout for the Sixth International Symposium. The event serves to highlight and promote GIS and spatial analysis in fishery and aquatic science, which have lagged behind those in terrestrial sciences.

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ESRI User Conference

ESRI User Conference

The 2011 ESRI User Conference was held from July 11-15 in San Diego. Over 15,000 attended. You can view videos of plenary sessions and search abstracts and papers in the proceedings. Of particular interest is Jacqueline McGlade’s keynote on climate change titled “One Degree Matters“. Dr. McGlade is head of the European Environment Agency.

FOSS4G

FOSS4G

The 2011 FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) annual international gathering will be in Denver from September 12-16. This is the first North American event since 2007. The program includes several practical workshops, tutorials, and an introduction to geospatial open source. I imagine there will be lots of updated software releases in anticipation of this meeting.

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