Research project to unearth mysteries off NS shores

Research project to unearth mysteries off NS shores

Dr. Tim Webster, NSCC Research Scientist, Applied Geomatics Research Group

“NSCC’s expertise and new technologies will augment our sustainable resource management practices and enable the adoption of the most advanced scientific tools to safeguard the marine resource.” ~ Dr. Alan Critchley, Research VP, Acadian Seaplants

Fast Fact

Bathymetric LIDAR can be mounted in a plane to collect data on water elevation levels and the composition of the ocean floor.

Dr. Tim Webster working along the Annapolis Basin shoreline

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will soon become the only college in Canada with a research device that can unlock the mysteries off Nova Scotia’s shores.

“The possibilities are as vast as the waters we will be charting,” says NSCC research scientist Dr. Tim Webster. “Our team will be able to map seabed topography by air, unearthing a wealth of data to support initiatives in areas including sustainable harvesting practices, aquatic vegetation health, wave predictions to better define storm surge detail, and nautical hazards plotting.”

Industry partners investing in the research project, including McGregor GeoScience Limited, Acadian Seaplants Limited, Leading Edge Geomatics, GeoNet Technologies Inc.and Nova Scotia Power, are relying on the project’s equipment and research to be of benefit to their specific business needs.

The specialized equipment to conduct the research is made possible by awards from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust.

“Acadian Seaplants’ stewardship of the rockweed fishery will advance even further  because we will use the latest imaging technology and high-tech software to identify, much faster, where the rockweed is and how much is there,” says Acadian Seaplants Limited, Vice-President of Research, Dr. Alan Critchley.

The project scope includes the purchase of a new laser system, two new GPS receivers, a boat and extra staffing support. The bathymetric Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) equipment is able to measure the subsurface topography in oceans, rivers and lakes, offering a safe, cost-effective and efficient means of collecting data in difficult-to-access areas.

Find out more information about the College’s Applied Research Division.

17/04/13

“NSCC’s expertise and new technologies will augment our sustainable resource management practices and enable the adoption of the most advanced scientific tools to safeguard the marine resource.” ~ Dr. Alan Critchley, Research VP, Acadian Seaplants

Fast Fact

Bathymetric LIDAR can be mounted in a plane to collect data on water elevation levels and the composition of the ocean floor.

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