June 25, 2015 Ocean Connector with Dr. Craig Brown

Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, June 25, 2015

Where: T-Room, J Building, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

What: Food, our feature presentation, networking and more!

Dr. Craig Brown holds an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Integrated Ocean Mapping Technologies at the Nova Scotia Community College.  He joined NSCC in 2014, having previously held positions in Government science (UK and Canada), academia and the private sector.  Dr. Brown’s post-doctoral research has focused on the application of seafloor acoustics (multibeam sonar, sidescan sonar, single beam acoustics) for studying, mapping and monitoring benthic ecosystems.  His current applied R&D work is focused on exploring the application of new seafloor sensor technologies to improve the way we can map the seafloor for sustainable resource exploitation and sound environmental stewardship.

Recent ocean technology developments in acoustic survey techniques have revolutionized the way we are able to image, map and understand ocean floor ecosystems, and over the past two decade we have witnessed the nascence of the field of seafloor habitat mapping. It is now cost effective to image large areas of the seafloor using these technologies, and the information from such surveys provides base line data from which thematic maps of the seabed environment, including maps of benthic habitats, can be derived when interpreted in conjunction with in-situ ground-truthing data.  Dr. Brown’s presentation reviews the development and application of various technologies used to produce seafloor habitat maps over this time frame, with a focus on multibeam echo sounders and underwater optical imaging techniques.