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Abstract booklet


PROGRAM (click on Author name to get PDF of presentation)

Monday 2nd May 2016



Interpretation of Marine Environments using Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA)

09:30 Introduction (-0)

09:30 Workshop Introduction (-1)

09:40 Markus Diesing Application of OBIA to marine datasets (-2)

10:00 Nils Erik Jørgensen       eCognition software (-3)

10:15 Tim Le Bas                    RSOBIA toolbar (-4)

11:00 Simeon Archer              Mapping coral reef habitats in the British Virgin Islands (01)

11:15 Evangelos Alevizos       Influence of threshold selection on classification results in rule-based seafloor sediment classification using OBIA (02)

11:30 Nicole J. Baeten            Applying automated methods for sediment classification in regional scale seabed mapping programmes - a case study from MAREANO (03)

11:45 Craig Brown                 Developing Methods for Benthic Habitat Mapping of MPAs in Atlantic Canada: St Anns Bank MPA (04)

12:00 Nils Erik Jørgensen       OBIA classification of colour and B/W images from the seabed (05)

12:15 Anna Downie                Mapping extent and cover of seagrass from very high resolution optical data using OBIA and Random Forest (06)




Tuesday 3rd May 2016


08:45 Opening Ceremony (-7)


09:00 Larry Mayer   Ruminations on the Future of Ocean Mapping (07)

Technological Advances in Habitat Mapping

09:30 Jonathan Beaudoin       Setting the Stage for Multi-Spectral Acoustic Backscatter Research (08)

09:45 Duncan Tamsett           The Acoustic Colour of the Seabed and Sub-Seabed (09)

10:00 Terje Thorsnes              Synthetic aperture sonar and AUV - important tools for studies of cold seep habitats (10)

10:15 Mark Borrelli                 Creating Benthic Habitat Maps in a U.S. National Park Using a Phase-Measuring Sidescan Sonar (11)

11:00 Francisco Gutierrez      Calibrated acoustic backscatter from a phase measuring bathymetric sonar (12)

11:15 Dimitrios Eleftherakis Multibeam backscatter calibration on reference patch areas using single-beam calibrated data (13)

11:30 Eli Leblanc                     Evaluation of a new multibeam backscatter processing algorithm in CARIS HIPS and SIPS (14)

11:45 Aleksandra Kruss          Multibeam echosounder backscatter variability due to sediment resuspension and environmental dynamics in shallow waters (15)

12:00 Lukasz Janowski            Application of the Object Based Image Analysis and Template Matching method for detecting, classifying and monitoring repeatable seabed objects, case study from the Lagoon of Venice. (16)

12:15 Geoffroy Lamarche       High swath-overlap seafloor and water column backscatter survey over the Calypso hydrothermal vents, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand (17)

13:30 Jin Li                              Predicting sponge species richness: a novel approach using random forest, generalised linear model and their hybrid methods with geostatistical techniques (18)

13:45 Massimo Di Stefano     Exploring the use of accurately georeferenced stereo image mosaics to groundtruth acoustic seafloor characterization models (19)

14:00 Oscar Pizarro                Predictive habitat mapping and iterative planning of image surveys given existing bathymetry and imagery - a machine learning perspective (20)

14:30 Helena Strömberg        3d Visualization of Subsea Structures and Marine Habitats (22)

Coastal and Shallow Water Habitats

14:45 Don Ventura                 Passive and Active: Remote Survey Solutions for the Nearshore; an Integrated Approach (23)

15:00 Ben Radford                 Applications of spatial hierarchical sampling to optimism hydroacoustic based habitat mapping over large spatial extents of Kimberley, North West of Australia (24)

15:30 Tobias Dolch                 Complementary monitoring methods for large-area surveys of intertidal seagrass beds (26)

Poster Session

16:15-18:00 Poster introductions, viewing and reception (26A)

18:00 BSWG Discussion (26B)



Wednesday 4th May 2016


Coastal and Shallow Water Habitats

08:45 Stefano Fogarin            Benthic morphologies and habitats in a shallow highly human impacted tidal inlet (27)

09:00 Fantina Madricardo      Benthic habitat mapping in a very shallow tidal channel (28)

09:15 Francesco Mascioli       Geoforms and substrate characterization of a tidal inlet in theWadden Sea (Lower Saxony, Germany) (29)

09:30 Daria Ryabchuk             Detailed scale habitat mapping at the eastern Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea (30)

09:45 Ben Misiuk                    Mapping Clam Habitat in the Eastern Arctic: Species Distribution Modelling in Support of Fishery Assessment in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada (31)

10:00 Ana Castanheira           First Sabellaria spinulosa reefs habitat mapping in the Iberian Atlantic Coast (32)

Shelf and Deep-sea Habitats

11:15 Peter Harris                 Life on the edge: global variations in shelf break depth and its influence on benthos (35)

11:30 Oliver Hogg                   Landscape mapping at sub-Antarctic South Georgia provides a protocol for underpinning large-scale marine protected areas (36)

11:45 Anu Kaskela                 Seabed geodiversity and benthic assemblages at the eastern Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea (37)

12:00 Jessica Tadhunter         Habitat mapping of bathyal benthic habitats in the northern Dreki area, Iceland (38)

12:15 Brian Todd    The Skipjack Island Fault Zone: A Geohazard and Benthic Habitat-Forming Structure Separating the San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA from British Columbia, Canada (39)

13:30 Veerle Huvenne            Mapping a submarine canyon in all its facets (40)

13:45 Agno Assis                    Benthic habitat for Primnoa deep-sea coral in the Fairweather Ground, Gulf of Alaska (41)

14:00 Genoveva Gonzalez-Mirelis         Mapping the distribution of cold-water coral reefs using distribution modelling (42)

14:15 Romina Barbosa           The effect of environmental data resolution in Habitat Suitability models: a case of study of Brazilian deep-water corals (43)

14:30 Vaughn Barrie               Seeps and mud volcanoes - oxygen depletion along the Northwest Pacific coast of North America and implications for habitat (44)

14:45 H. Gary Greene Are Seafloor Seeps, Mud Volcanoes, and Chemosynthetic Communities Significant Marine Benthic Habitats? (45)

15:00 Heather Stewart           First direct evidence of a deep-water cold-seep ecosystem within UK waters (46a)

15:15 Andrea Fiorentino         Relationships between geological events and submarine habitats (46b)

National Mapping Program Management and Data-sharing

16:00 Drew Stephens            Ecological Marine Units Project Overview and Preliminary Results (47)

16:15 Dayton Dove                 Seabed Geomorphology: a new generation of mapping (48)

16:30 Brendan Brooke            Seabed mapping to support management of the Australian marine environment (49)

16:45 Andrew Colenutt           Applications of high resolution coastal data for monitoring coastal instability, hazard risk management and substrate mapping (50)

17:00 Joey O’Connor               Recent monitoring surveys of shelf benthic habitats in offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); survey designs and habitat mapping data availability (51)

17:15 Graeme Duncan            Habitat map collation and data standardisation from a UK and European Perspective - JNCC’s work within the UK and with EMODnet (52)

17:30 Kerstin Kröger               Using habitat maps to develop monitoring options for the deep-sea as part of the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring R&D Programme (53)

17:45 Peter Walker                 Making Natural England’s marine evidence available to all. (54)



Thursday 5th May 2016

Anthropogenic and Natural Disturbance Effects on Marine Habitats

08:45 Jens Greinert                Rapid mapping for environmental monitoring and resource assessments in the deep sea (55)

09:00 Timm Schoening           Rapid assessment of manganese nodule abundance (56)

09:15 Martina Pierdomenico Physical disturbance along the Gioia Canyon (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea): sedimentary processes and human activities (57)

09:45 Julian Burgos                Cold-water coral habitats on the southern Iceland shelf: mapping, prediction and anthropogenic impacts (59)

10:00 Alexandra Davis            Regional analysis of the distribution of the invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) off the coast of Eleuthera, the Bahamas (60)

10:15 Darius Daunys               Estimating benthic trawling effects using VMS dataset, macrofauna sampling, seabed acoustics and visual observations (61)

11:00 Luke Hedge                   Hidden heterogeneity: Novel, spatially explicit, habitat quality assessment to better inform the development of boating infrastructure (62)

11:15 David Haverson             Modelling the Impact of Tidal Energy on the Benthic Environment at Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire  (63)

Role of Oceanography in Habitat Mapping

11:30 Margaret Dolan            Improving benthic biotope maps with oceanographic data (64)

11:45 Mary Young                   Interaction between habitat and oceanographic variables affecting the connectivity and productivity of abalone populations (65)

12:00 Lorenzo Angeletti         Habitat mapping discloses oceanographic patterns underneath (66)

12:15 Nils Piechaud                Can global broad scale data from public repository be as accurate as field surveys data for species distribution modelling? (67)

13:30 Marie-Claire Fabri        Predictive habitat modeling in Mediterranean Canyons including Hydrodynamic variables (68)

Development of Standards for Classification, Confidence and Assessment of Habitat Maps

13:45 Vincent Lecours            Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth: Assessing Which Combinations of Terrain Attributes Best Serve Habitat Mapping (69)

14:00 Svenja Papenmeier       Habitat classification: approximation or reality? (70)

14:15 Markus Diesing             Mapping of EUNIS seabed habitats based on ground-truth and multibeam acoustic data: What can realistically be achieved? (71)

14:30 Peter Mitchell               Developing a tool for automated benthic habitat mapping and accuracy assessment using bootstrap aggregation (72)

14:45 Murray Lark                   Mapping seabed sediment texture classes from samples and acoustic bathymetry and backscatter: predictions and their uncertainty. (73)

15:00 H. Christian Hass          Seafloor classification using RoxAnn: Two case studies to show the pros and cons (74)

15:15 Jaime Davies                                 A cold-water coral biota classification scheme for ecosystem-based management of the deep sea (75)

15:30 Gustav Kågesten           Automating Habitat Mapping in a complex world of corals and coastal waters (76)

16:30 GeoHab 2017                Halifax, Nova Scotia (77)

16:45 GeoHab 2018                Santa Barbara (78)

16:55 GeoHab 2019                Malaysia (79)


Friday 5th May 2016


08:15 – 18:00 Coach to Stonehenge, Lulworth Cove and the New Forest and return.


Evangelos Alevizos Geostatistical and multivariate modelling for large scale quantitative mapping of seafloor sediments using sparse datasets

David Amblas Deep-sea habitats and dense shelf-water formation: a fragile climate-dependent relation studied from geomorphological signatures

Touria Bajjouk Marine Geobigdata Processing and Seabed Characterisation Using IQmulus European Platform

Valérie Bellec Harmonising sediment mapping on the Norwegian Shelf - Challenges and some solutions

Annika Clements Collect once, use many times: The multiple applications of IHO Order 1a multibeam data in managing the co-location of Marine Protected Areas and aquaculture activities.

Guy Cochrane Variation in Rocky Reef Habitat in California State Waters

Jaime Davies Exploring the spatial variation of biodiversity in submarine canyons, SW Approaches, UK

Laurence De Clippele Using novel mapping tools to predict the small scale spatial distribution of cold-water coral in the Mingulay Reef Complex

Anna-Leena Downie Predictive models of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem indicator biomass distribution – including the effects of fishing activity

Sam Drawbridge Black Bream Nest Identification – A Habitat Mapping Case Study

James Duffy Using a lightweight drone to map shallow coastal habitat in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece

Jennifer Durden A comparison of image annotation data generated by multiple experts for benthic ecology

Marie-Claire Fabri Cold-water coral ecosystems in Cassidaigne Canyon: an assessment of their potential distribution

Federica Foglini Predictive habitat modeling of Cold Water Coral Distribution in the Bari Canyon (Adriatic Sea) with Hydrodynamic variables

Joana Gafeira Goncalves Automated mapping of seabed features

Chloe Game Spatial Transferability of Species Distribution Models in the Deep Sea

Kingsley Griffin Multi-species modelling of key reef-building organisms allows unique insight into ecological gradients present in Sydney Harbour

Marion Harrald The benthic impact of fishing around pipelines

Knut Hartmann Mapping the shallow water environment of the Great Barrier Reef

Alexandra Jarna Object Based Image Analysis of bioclastic mounds for ecosystem-based ocean management

Siddhi Joshi Maerl: A Rare Seabed Habitat Documentary

Anu Kaskela Compiling data on seabed substrates and sedimentation rates from Europe - EMODnet Geology

Chang Hwan Kim Benthic habitat mapping for the nearshore ecological monitoring of Dokdo (Dok island) in the East Sea (Sea of Japan)

Aarno Kotilainen Setting up the assessment of marine habitat types in Finland

Geoffroy Lamarche Making the New Zealand Kapiti Marine Reserve an integrative part of its natural and societal environment through habitat mapping

Vincent Lecours Geomorphometry in Marine Habitat Mapping: Lessons Learned from the Past 10 Years of Applications

Aaron Lim Piddington Mound: preliminary results from cold-water coral reef-scale habitat mapping

Claudio Lo Iacono The EU Eurofleets ISLAND Cruise: a holistic approach in the study of submarine canyons. Bridging geology, biology and human impact.

Guzmán López Orrego Seabed habitat mapping of the continental slope of Uruguay (SW Atlantic Ocean) and coral mounds fishing interaction

Leigh Marsh Disturbance in the deep: a model for ecological succession in the deep sea

Fergal McGrath MeshAtlantic – Mapping Atlantic Area Seabed Habitats For Better Marine Management

Todd Mitchell The Remote Coast: Baseline Mapping in Preparation for Arctic Coastal Disasters

Giacomo Montereale Gavazzi Comparison of Supervised and Unsupervised Benthic Habitat Classification: Case Study from the Belgian Shelf

David Fernando Morales Giraldo Bathymetry and recent sedimentation from Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta (Magdalena, Colombia)

Tammy Noble-James Combining Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and benthic habitat data to investigate pressure-state relationships in offshore MPAs

Jacques Populus EUSeaMap: a broad-scale EUNIS seabed habitat maps for European Seas

Claudia Propp Guideline for standardized seafloor mapping in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Katleen Robert Hanging gardens: Vertical walls from images to fine-scale 3D reconstructions

Ginny Russell Fine-scale mapping and the edge effect: distribution of non-vent endemic fauna from Antarctic hydrothermal vents

Disturbance in the deep: a model for ecological succession in the deep sea

Alessandra Savini Geomorphological control on extent and vulnerability of deep-sea habitats in the North-Eastern Ionian margin (Eastern Mediterran

Erik Simon Lledo Megafauna distribution patterns along different geomorphological units in the APEI-4 of the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone

Alan Stevenson The integration of seabed mapping information in the UK, Europe and recent trans-Atlantic collaboration.

Heather Stewart Quantitative analysis of mini-mounds from the Explorer and Dangeard canyons area: an automated approach

Anna Nora Tassetti An hybrid and integrated approach to map seafloor and clam presence using multibeam data

Dave Tavner Mapping for Management and Conservation of Subtidal Habitats

Brian Todd Seafloor mapping of Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Mickael Vasquez Methods for creating the EUSeaMap, a European broad-scale map of seabed habitats

Agostina Vertino An illustrated glossary for underwater video analysis of European cold-water coral habitats

Lissette Victorero The role of food input in shaping biodiversity patterns in benthic seamount habitats across the Equatorial Atlantic

Peter Walker The Natural England Marine Evidence project.

Christian Wilson Geology, ecology & society: exploring the bounds of habitat mapping.





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