October 31 - November 2, 2017 | Esri Conference Center, Redlands, CA

Wednesday Sessions

Session Title: Planning and Operations
Room: Auditorium
Session Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Incorporating Geodatabases into a Workflow for Acquisition, Processing, Visualization and Sharing of Hydrographic Based Data

Advancements in Hydrographic based applications are leading to the incorporation of Geodatabases & user guided workflows. This allows for rapid adjustments during a variety of operations (eg hydrography, fisheries, Oil & Gas) while reducinig inaccuracies and poor decisions through the automation of mundane, human-error prone tasks. This paper will outline the evolution of this workflow from Acquisition to deliverable with case studies presented.

Presenter: Christopher Malzone, QPS Inc.

A Risk-Based Approach to Determine Hydrographic Survey Priorities Using GIS

The risk-based Hydrographic Health model improves past survey prioritization efforts by using modern datasets and analytical GIS tools. Scripting was used to build a repeatable and modular routine, incorporating likelihood and consequence criteria. This provides a data-driven approach for targeting areas of greatest hydrographic risk for modern surveys. Methods may be adapted by other resource-limited hydrographic offices to effectively deploy assets and ensure the greatest return on investment.

Presenters: Patrick Keown, Michael Gonsalves, Christina Fandel, Lucy Hick, Corey Allen and Barry Gallagher, NOAA

New and Improved: Benthic Terrain Modeler 3.0

Fisheries conflicts are occurring with increasing prevalence and severity. While spatial analysis of biophysical variables improves, social interactions at sea remain invisible. We create a spatial model of incidents between artisanal and industrial fisheries.

Presenter: Noah Slocum, University of Minnesota

Planning and Coordinating Field Work with Esri's Dashboard, Collector, and Workforce Apps

Large-scale, large-participant sampling efforts require substantial coordination, orchestrating the deployment of multiple boats carrying dive teams to survey sites distributed by strata based on regional and habitat classifications. The responsibility of the field coordinator is to deploy boats with dive teams to the targeted site. A combination of the Dashboard app, Workforce app, and Collector apps on the boats will streamline the planning and coordination of the field work.

Presenter:Ken Buja, NOAA

Session Title: Resource Mapping
Room: Meeting Room B
Session Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A National OCS Sand / Sediment Inventory

BOEM is developing a GIS to track sand resources on the OCS to support resource decisions. The system is designed to integrate BOEM’s state partner’s geospatial data into a uniform data model. Data includes: sediment samples, bathymetry, seismic, and side scan sonar surveys; NEPA, dredged, and sand resource data. An analysis tool has been developed to identify ocean core samples within a user defined variables, and then query and process the datasets to create potential sand resource areas.

Presenters: Lora Turner, Bureau of Ocean Energy Managemen and Alexa Ramirez, Quantum Spatial

Development of a Coral Reef Mapping Tool for St. Maarten

Coral reefs contribute significantly to the socio-economic well-being of the people of St. Maarten, an island in the Caribbean. These corals are rapidly declining due to various environmental and social factors. This project developed a prototype citizen science mapping tool, comprising an Android mobile application, and a web mapping application. This tool assists recreational divers and other local stakeholders of St. Maarten to report the status of coral reefs, supporting their conservation.

Presenter: James Osundwa,University of Redlands, MS GIS Program

A GIS-based Decision Support Tool for Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration

We developed a hierarchical, ArcGIS-based decision support tool that incorporates relevant geospatial data to prioritize site selection for oyster reef restoration in NC. Our tool integrates biophysical (e.g., larval connectivity), socioeconomic (e.g., potential use conflicts), and ecosystem services (e.g., water filtration) information and was developed collaboratively with, and is in use by, stakeholders (e.g., NC Div. of Marine Fisheries) to inform their restoration process.

Presenters: Seth Theuerkauf,North Carolina State University, Brandon Puckett,NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, and David Eggleston,NC State University Center for Marine Science and Technology

An Operational Way of Monitoring Coastline Changes Using ArcGIS

Monitoring land reclamation is a priority task of CMS and traditionally we carry it by field investigation or manual interpretation.Drawbacks are regulatory loopholes and much labor intensity and low efficiency. We developed a program based on ArcGIS can make coastline change analysis from Landsat8. We use CompositeBands, RasterToPolygon and other DataManagementTools and AnalysisTools. By this way we build up an operational mode for land reclamation monitoring and has achieved a good effect.

Presenter: Xia Zhu, China Marine Surveillance

Session Title: Weather
Room: Triplex (Building M)
Session Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Geospatial Weather Intelligence--Displaying and Conveying National Weather Service Information

NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) issues mission-critical weather forecast and warning information. Esri GIS technology enables the NWS to optimize the delivery of potentially life-saving information for the public and our core partners to improve their decision-making. I will share examples of using Esri tools to display and convey: water and weather model output, climate and weather observations, Storymaps for weather situational awareness, and locations of Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors.

Presenters: Jack Settelmaier, NOAA National Weather Service

Stranger Things: GIS Weather Edition

What is the common element of weather and GIS? Maps! Then creating operational Weather Data map services is easy, Right? Unfortunately, logic does not equal reality. In the operational weather GIS world, there is always a surprise around the corner. This talk covers some of the strange things we’ve encountered in our operational world while discussing the importance of having a diverse team of experts to hunt down and eliminate the odd occurrences of an operational weather GIS system.

Presenters: Kari Sheets, NOAA National Weather Service

The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®): "a Weather Service for the ocean

The NOAA U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, or IOOS®, is our eyes on the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. It has been described as “a Weather Service for the ocean.” Thousands of observing systems and tools are in use every day—high-frequency radar, gliders, buoys, satellites, sharks with satellite tags, sensors on the ocean floor, and more—all operated by different federal and nonfederal organizations and researchers. IOOS gathers and integrates that data and builds the tools to make those observations compatible and accessible by science, industry, government, and curious citizens all over the world. This talk will focus on the data and tools that are available from the IOOS Program Office and our 11 regional partners in support of climate and weather research. Display and analysis of IOOS® data in ArcGIS will be highlighted.

Presenters: Tiffany Vance, NOAA

Session: Applied Marine GIS-Lightning Talks (Group 1)
Room: Auditorium
Session Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exploring Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat and Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications through Marxan Models

Ecotrust and Pew Oceans collaborated to develop comments on the proposed actions under Amendment 28: Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat and Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications. Part of our work included a Marxan analysis to discover areas of opportunity where we can protect high quality habitat while minimizing economic impacts to the U.S. West Coast bottom trawl fleet. This presentation will discuss how we used ArcMap to develop input data and explore the model output.

Presenter: CJon Bonkoski, Ecotrust

Crowdsourced Bathymetry Data via Electronic Charting Systems

In 2016, NOAA created a method to utilize Electronic Charting Systems to provide crowdsourced bathymetry data. We will discuss the methods of data collection, availability of the data, how GIS was used to allow discovery of the data, and several use cases that NOAA's Office of Coast Survey have realized for the data. Our goal is to introduce these data as a publicly available resource for future use by GIS communities and to encourage participation from users that are able to contribute.

Presenters: Evan Robertson, NOAA

Procedures and Organization for the Coastal Composite Bathymetry Projects

The NOAA IOCM Center is tasked with processing data external to NOAA for the purpose of updating coastal hydrography. Surveys to date originate from a range of agencies using an array of acquisition systems resulting in data in various states and file formats. For data management the IOCM Team employs GIS for file conversion, attribution and organization. These efforts have led to a model workflow for external data submission and products currently being considered for hydrographic applications.

Presenters:Michael White, Juliet Kinney and Andy Armstrong, NOAA (ERT Inc.)

Mapping Marine Ecosystems of the World

We classified global marine ecosystems using k-means clustering and cosine similarity coefficient of 21 variables, i.e.: temperature, ice cover, salinity, depth, land distance, slope, surface current, wave height, PAR , diffuse attenuation coefficient, chlorophyll a, primary productivity, nitrate, phosphate, silicate, calcite, wind speed, dissolved O 2 , saturated O 2 , utilized O 2 , pH. Correlations quantified relationships, and gradient analysis identified boundaries.

Presenters: Quianshuo Zhao

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Data Processing Workflows

ArcGIS plays a key role in providing processing, managing, and visualization capabilities for a diversity of underwater data such as side scan sonar mosaics, bathymetry, environmental sensor data, photographs and videos. In addition, we can process thousands of samples collected by an AUV at depth and interpolate those to produce rasters using ArcGIS. Orca Maritime has found a streamlined processing method that will give the audience a real-life example of AUV data processing.

Presenters: Nate Novak, University of Auckland

Session: Marine GIS App Development-Lightning Talks (Group 2)
Mapping Marine Mammal Sightings with Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS

Interactions between marine mammal populations and human activities within the southern California bight have been investigated since 2011. Recently, we compared recording sightings with traditional methods (GPS, written records) to Collector for ArcGIS. Although it took longer to record with Collector, we’ve converted our protocols as less time was spent processing data, and sightings can be quickly visualized and analyzed, demonstrating the effectiveness of Collector in field research.

Presenter:Lei Lani Stelle, Adrian Laufer, and Tessa Foster, University of Redlands

Project Baseline - Underwater Citizen Science

Our project involves 70 teams in 27 countries photographing and documenting freshwater and marine sites. Images and data are shared through an interface connstructed with ArcGIS JavaScript API. It allows users to see where we’re working and drill into any project, site, and station to see their data and how conditions are changing. We plan to construct photomosaics and use ArcGIS to provide spatial analyses and a critical link to the entities working to understand and manage aquatic environments.

Presenters: Todd Kincaid and Kristie Connolly, Global Underwater Explorers

MarineCadastre.gov- Ocean Reporting Tool

The Ocean Reporting Tool is new effort by the MarineCadastre.gov team, a partnership between NOAA and BOEM. The tool delivers ocean information in a report-based format using summary statistics, info-graphics, and interpretive analyses. Users can select pre-defined areas or use the custom draw tool to generate reports on general site characteristics, energy and minerals, natural resources and conservation, transportation and infrastructure, and economics and commerce.

Presenters:David Stein, Daniel Martin, and Christine Taylor, NOAA

Developing an App for Coastal Permitting in the Mariana Islands

In the CNMI, spatially explicit information related to coastal permitting is often scattered throughout many data repositories, both digital and print. A map-based decision support tool that incorporates social, ecological, and climate-related considerations will centralize relevant geospatial data and streamline the permit review process. This tool is an Esri web app that allows staff to query land parcels and generate a descriptive report on factors that may influence permitting decisions.

Presenters: Rachel Bounchillon, CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality

Climate Change, Marine Mammals and Spill Response in the Arctic

Increased oil development in the Arctic makes a spill impacting marine wildlife and the communities that depend on them all but inevitable. But Alaska Native communities and the indigenous knowledge of wildlife they possess remain poorly integrated into spill response throughout the region. To help narrow this gap, Defenders of Wildlife developed the “Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool”, a mapping application that helps incorporate indigenous knowledge into spill drills, plans, and events.

Presenters: Ryan Covington, Defenders of Wildlife