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Oceans of Data: Geomatics Atlantic November 2018 in Halifax

GANS is excited to be hosting the annual Geomatics Atlantic Conference in Halifax during Geography Week, November 14th to the 16th

This years theme is Oceans of Data and will focus on exploring innovation, cutting edge R&D, and the future of geomatics in the marine environment. The term geomatics represents a sector and technology that uses data collected by many different groups and connects many different sectors. Therefore GANS is reaching out to all the many sectors in Atlantic Canada that make use of geomatics or geospatial data.
We have been reaching out to researchers, organizations and companies actively working on marine and coastal focused projects.
This cross-sectorial conference will include topics on: marine innovation, fisheries & aquaculture, energy & resources, mapping/hydrography, environment characterization, marine spatial planning, climate change, military applications, ocean technology and big data, all connected through geomatics.
Registration rates are discounted for CIG, and GANS members, as well as students. Early Bird registration is now open and will be available until Sept 14th, so click here to save your spot at this years conference We encourage people to register early to help the committee be able to better plan the event.
Know of someone who works in other data or mapping related fields or someone who has spatial interests? Then please share the link to the website and invite them to come join us during Geography Week.
  • WHAT – Geomatics Atlantic 2018
  • DATE – November 14-16th , 2018 
  • LOCATION – Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax
  • WEBSITE – https://geomatics.one
  • CONTACT – Daniel Bryce (dbryce@gans.ca)
  • THEME – Oceans of Data

Geomatics Atlantic 2018, the 31st Geomatics Atlantic conference will be a cross-sectoral event bringing together creators, analyzers and users of marine and coastal spatial data.

There are still opportunities to get involved in the event as a speaker, sponsor, exhibitor, attendee or volunteer. Contact us if you would like to get involved.

Geomatics Atlantic 2018 Keynotes

This years conference includes several topics on innovation and overcoming complex problems in marine data collection and will feature:
 November 14th
 Karl Kenny, CEO Kraken Robotics Inc.
 Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems.
 The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Nova Scotia (at COVE); Germany; and the US.

November 15th

Doug Wallace, Scientific Director MEOPAR

MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network) is an independent not-for-profit, that funds research, trains students, mobilizes knowledge and communicates results for marine risk and resilience; tackling marine challenges and opportunities for the benefit of the Canadian economy and society.


Geomatics Atlantic 2018 Pre-note Keynote

This year GANS is partnering with the Licensed Professional Planner Association of Nova Scotia (LPPANS) for a Pre-Note/Keynote with world renowned atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe to speak about cross-sectoral approaches to dealing with climate change. It will be November 2nd at 10 am in the Dalhousie School of Architecture and Planning Auditorium (5410 Spring Garden Road next to the Halifax Central Library).

 November 2nd

 Katharine Hayhoe Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech

Katharine’s research focuses on high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate  change on human society and the natural environment.

She has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences.

Concurrent Sessions

On Nov. 14th and 15th, presenters from various levels of government, academia, and the private sector will speak on a wide range of geospatial related topics ranging from LiDAR missions in the province to technological innovations in seafloor mapping, and much more.

A Sample of some of the confirmed presentation titles include:

  • Nova Scotia and Renewable Energy 
  • The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RADARSAT Constellation mission 
  • Environmental big data and nonlinear systems with high output rate: persistent challenges and novel solutions 
  • Merging drone digital surface models (DSM) with bathymetric surveys using kayak and sontek hydrosurveyor in a macrotidal river 
  • Practicalities of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for digital surface models(DSM) and change detection

Visit the Conference website to learn more here

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