2013 Ocean GIS Forum

01 2013 Esri Ocean GIS Forum Welcome and Opening Remarks

2013 Esri Ocean GIS Forum Welcome and Opening Remarks

Esri ocean and coastal environments industry manager Drew Stephens kicks off the Esri Ocean GIS Forum.

03 Beyond Titanic: Exploration, Understanding, and Management of Neptune's Realm

Beyond Titanic: Exploration, Understanding, and Management of Neptune's Realm

David Gallo used the discovery and mapping of RMS Titanic as one example of advances in multisensor, multiscale deep sea mapping and the quest to understand and manage this important cultural resource.

04 Highlights from Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum

Highlights from Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum

David McKinnie of NOAA provided summary information from the Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum that took place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in July 2013.

05 Priorities for Ocean and Maritime Endeavors

Priorities for Ocean and Maritime Endeavors

Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright moderated an esteemed panel featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer-in-residence; Dr. David Gallo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; David McKinnie, NOAA ocean exploration and research senior adviser; and Dr. Jerry Schubel, CEO of Aquarium of the Pacific. The panel discussed the following questions: What technological and sociological changes will have the most impact on human understanding of the oceans, what are going to be the biggest obstacles in making these changes, and how do we use GIS technology and/or GIS science to reach these goals?

06 Lightning Talk—Whale Traffic Control

Lightning Talk—Whale Traffic Control

The Santa Barbara Channel is one of several places where whale migration patterns overlap with shipping lanes, resulting in ship strikes that are often fatal for the animals. Geospatial technology has been used to study the patterns of strikes and create avoidance strategies, but collisions continue. Can a real-time geospatial system, integrated with advances in other hardware and software technologies, provide a framework for further reducing whale strikes? The goal is an integrated system that provides specific, actionable information to individual vessels. A combination of sensors, unmanned platforms (aerial and underwater), and VGI support could help pinpoint potential collisions and suggest avoidance tactics. It's a classic spatiotemporal problem: some known elements (large vessels constrained to shipping lanes) and others (whale location) based on predicted behavior and limited observation. Adding real-time capabilities could supply the definitive and specific information that is more likely to alter ship speed and avoid strikes.

07 Lightning Talk—Uncovering the Oceans through Seascape Visualisation

Lightning Talk—Uncovering the Oceans through Seascape Visualisation

More often than not, geographic representation of the marine environment strips the ecosystem of its habitat richness, biodiversity and verticality. Mapping the marine environment in GIS results in marine features represented as a 2D plane on the sea surface or as bare bathymetry. These are geographically accurate, but not visually pleasing nor comprehensive in representing marine ecosystems. In contrast, gaming and virtual reality programs produce attractive visuals but are not geographically referenced. This talk presents the integration of GIS geographic referencing with landscape visualisation principles and software to develop geographically accurate and visually attractive models of the marine environment. A seascape visualisaton model of an offshore protected seamount was presented to marine protected area (MPA) planners and scientists for feedback. Based on results, further work is currently under way to improve the model for MPA planners, scientists, users and visitors.

08 Lightning Talk—Whale mAPP: Citizen Scientists Contribute and Map Marine Mammal Sightings

Lightning Talk—Whale mAPP: Citizen Scientists Contribute and Map Marine Mammal Sightings

Traditional methods of gathering and managing data to map marine mammal distributions requires extensive time and resources, so a geographic information system (GIS) solution was developed using a volunteered geographic information (VGI) approach. Whale mAPP consists of mobile and web applications that allow anyone to submit and visualize observations. An Android mobile application, developed with ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android, utilizes GPS-enabled smartphones to record sightings, track and display boat paths, and collect photographs which are transmitted to a geodatabase through a feature service. The web application, developed using ArcGIS API for JavaScript, allows both the public and researchers to query observations, and download data in shapefile format. Curricular materials with conservation themes are designed for middle school students and utilize Esri ArcGIS Explorer Online software to help improve spatial literacy. This additional data will help supplement the knowledge of marine mammals to aid in research and management efforts.

09 Lightning Talk—Supporting Offshore Energy and Marine Planning with MarineCadastre.gov

Lightning Talk—Supporting Offshore Energy and Marine Planning with MarineCadastre.gov

MarineCadastre.gov is an integrated marine information system that provides ocean data, offshore planning tools, and technical support to the offshore energy and marine planning communities. The project was designed specifically to support renewable energy siting on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf but is being used for a wide array of ocean-related activities. The project delivers its content through map viewers and a spatial data registry, and provides analytical tools to the ocean planning community. MarineCadastre.gov has recently undergone several updates to support the growing need for web services, maps on the fly, and focused web and story maps. This Lightning Talk will highlight some of the new features being developed and demonstrate how the various components of the project are being used by ocean professionals.

10 Lightning Talk—Resource Allocation Made Easy with Animated Maps

Lightning Talk—Resource Allocation Made Easy with Animated Maps

The Maritime Alliance of San Diego (TMA) has begun the process to complete a comprehensive review of their marine spatial planning practices in order to best serve the maritime users in San Diego County. Understanding the current spatial distribution of different interest groups and uses in the marine environment is pivotal in deciding how to allocate space for different resources. As TMA begins the planning process, they wanted a map for stakeholders to help them better understand how San Diego marine space is currently being utilized. Using publicly available sources, an animated map was created highlighting the spatial extent of various activities in San Diego including, but not limited to military practice areas, marine protected areas, navigational channels, and shipping fairways.

11 Lightning Talk—Development of a Map Viewer from Archipielago de Cabrera's National Park, Balearic Is

Lightning Talk—Development of a Map Viewer from Archipielago de Cabrera's National Park, Balearic Is

This work shows the development of a cartographic viewer of sea-land Archipielago de Cabrera's National Park. It's protected by various legal figures demonstrating the importance of this area. This kind of map viewer can facilitate the knowledge of this area to the general public and facilitate the management and monitoring of possible threats. This viewer has been done in collaboration between the research group "EU-US Marine Biodiversity" of the Franklin Institute of the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (IF-UAH), the Instituto Español de Oceanografia (IEO) and the Organismo Autonomo de Parques Nacionales (OAPN). We used several programs for the development of this project. In the field of GIS we worked with Esri software: ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS 10.1 for Server. The Esri Geoportal Server served to prepare the publication of metadata and WMS services. ArcGIS Viewer for Flex 3.3 was used for programming and developing the map viewer.

12 Lightning Talk—Visualizing Time-Series Ocean Observing Data

Lightning Talk—Visualizing Time-Series Ocean Observing Data

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System's (GCOOS) regional science portal and its derived products have supported NOAA's Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) by providing a post-DWH glider/float data in WMS format and REST services through ArcGIS for Server. With the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, it becomes easier to create and share a time-series observation of glider and station data in a web map (http://gcoos.org/products/maps/deepwaterhorizon/glider_float/). This approach has been applied to other glider projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, we are developing 3D models of observing data with Esri CityEngine for specific or general stakeholder groups.