The Our Water, Our World Speaker Series is an extension of the educational programming offered by the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP) in collaboration with Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Memorial University.

September 14 – 18, 2014, at the Signal Hill Visitor Centre, Parks Canada.

7:00pm – 7:50pm  Drinks and music

8:00pm – 8:30pm  Speaker presentations

8:30pm – 9:00pm  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks

No cost to attend. Let us know if you plan to attend by clicking here.

Thursday September 18, 8:00pm

Marine Habitat Mapping in the Coastal Waters of Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Rodolphe DeVillers, Department of Geography

Dr. Evan Edinger, Departments of Geography and Biology, Memorial University

Protecting, exploiting and managing our oceans in a sustainable way requires an increasing amount of scientific information about life in the oceans, and where ocean life lives. Marine biological research has highlighted how understanding biological species requires an understanding of their habitats and how they relate to other species. Mapping marine habitats in the past was limited by the vastness of the oceans and by our inability to see through water. Recent advances in sonar, computers, and other technologies allows scientists to collect more information on marine habitats in a few days than could be collected by years of scientific research decades ago. This presentation will introduce some of the new technologies used in the ocean to study and map species habitat, ranging from advanced echo-sounders that map the seafloor to technologies that allow observing and sampling deep-water environments. Specific examples of habitat mapping projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador province will show how those methods can be used to improve our understanding of marine ecosystems and contribute to improving the ocean’s health in coastal and marine environments.