Research facilitation and management for Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore industry

Evaluating geomatics technologies for environmental effects monitoring in the offshore environment

Lead PI: Dr. Robert Maher
Subject Category: Health, Safety and the Environment

Start Date: Mar 2002
End Date: Mar 2003
Institution / Organization: COGS.

Over 99% of the earth’s plant and animal habit is ocean.  This marine life is astounding in its diversity and recently biologists identified the thirty-third major group of animals – loriciferans -- microscopic creatures that live in the oceans.  In Atlantic Canada, our ocean environment also plays an important role in everyday life as a major source of livelihood and leisure; and for more than 200 years, the sea has played an integral role in our economy.

It is the protection of this diverse ocean environment that was the focus of this PRAC-supported project undertaken at the Nova Scotia Community College's Center of Geographic Sciences (COGS).  In this one year study, COGS used its internationally-recognized expertise in Geomatics to find the best technologies needed to monitor our ocean environment, specifically in areas where the offshore oil industry is active.

The study, which began in March 2002, was led by COGS senior researcher, Dr. Bob Maher.  He developed a collaborative environment with two scientists at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and defined two sub-projects that were completed by two COGS graduates through the Applied Geomatics Research Group in Middleton.  Maria Healy worked Ken Lee at DFO on the application of GIS for mapping environmental contamination in Sydney Harbour. Robin Harvey worked under the direction of Heiner Josenhans, NRCan on the application of GIS in the compilation of bathymetric, seismic and fisheries spatial databases off the coast of Cape Breton

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