ST Conference PreviewOcean Innovation 2013
Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ) based in Rimouski, Canada, and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland are pleased to present Ocean Innovation 2013, to be held in Rimouski October 20 to 23. This edition, named Ocean Smart, will address the themes of monitoring, data management and decision making in the context of ocean observation opportunities and challenges.
Ocean Innovation is Canada’s premier oceans event, attracting national and international interest. The Ocean Innovation conference and exhibition strives to introduce relevant and often provocative topics centered on the latest innovations in the areas of maritime safety, efficiency of operations and sustainable ocean management. Ocean Innovation is organized as a two-day, single-stream technical conference, with a parallel exhibition. The conference program is designed to ensure that a variety of relevant issues related to the conference theme are discussed and debated by all participants.
A New Ocean Era
Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. They play a major role in the regulation and function of the blue planet. They make up a vital resource for numerous marine and terrestrial ecosystems. For mankind, they are an essential source of food in certain parts of the world, as well as a source of fossil energy and inexhaustible renewable energy. Moreover, they have allowed the constant trade of goods and commodities for centuries.
Integrating in-situ observations, satellite observations and modeling techniques, new technologies have revolutionized aspects of ocean sciences and provided us with a better understanding and tools to foresee the evolution of oceans. Today, a new era is shaping where more precise monitoring technologies will respond to a wider range of needs. We can now access continuous real-time data to describe every aspect of our oceans and foresee their evolution. The practical application of these technologies is an extension of research, which then becomes operational. What are the issues and perspectives for ocean observation? What new outlooks will these new technologies and ocean observation systems provide us?
This year, the Ocean Innovation Conference will focus on ocean observation, with Dr. Serge Demers, a biological oceanographer specializing in phytoplankton ecophysiology and actively involved in the creation of ocean observation networks, as the conference chair. Demers is the director of the Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (ISMER) and has a Ph.D. in marine biology from Laval University. During the last 30 years, he took part and directed several oceanographic expeditions in various oceanic and coastal areas around the world, including the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, the Hudson Bay and the Canadian Arctic. He has authored more than 110 scientific papers published in international journals and has edited four books. In addition, he was involved in the development of a maritime niche in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.
Ocean Innovation 2013 will feature a program of speakers from Canada, the United States and Europe. The presenters are representatives of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, JCOMM in situ Observing Platform Support Centre, Ocean Networks Canada (Victoria, Canada), the Marine Institute of Ireland, Canadian Hydrographic Service, Canadian Space Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and many other organizations concerned with ocean observation.
Topics to be discussed during the event will include sensors, platforms and technological advances to improve innovation capacity; bathymetry and detailed characterization of the seafloor; complex environments and remote areas; accessibility and interoperability of information management systems; integrated information management for application purposes; environmental spatial planning; modeling and operational oceanography; and practical examples of applications.
Social activities are also featured on the agenda. On Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m., the annual Ocean Innovation Icebreaker Reception will open the main conference in the Musée Régional de Rimouski. This event will provide delegates with an opportunity to begin discussions. Furthermore, the gala dinner will be held Monday, October 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. This meal will highlight the work of day one, as well as offer a networking opportunity.
The Onandaga tour, an optional activity offered Sunday, October 20 at 9 a.m., will allow participants to come aboard the only submarine open to the public in Canada. The participants will discover the lifestyle of submarine crew members confined within a 90-meter ship for months.
The Empress of Ireland Pavilion will also be open to present the history of the Empress of Ireland passenger ship, from its construction in 1906 to its tragic sinking on May 29, 1914.
Registration To learn more about the conference program and registration, visit the event website at www.oceaninnovation.ca.