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Seafloor Digital Elevation Models: Creation and Analysis of Environmental Features

March 01, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Dr. Niall Slowey
Dept. of Oceanography
Texas A&M University

Geospatial Technology Showcase

  • Techniques for election and processing high-resolution sonar data
  • Use of seafloor bathymetry and acoustic backscatter information to investigate marine geological and other environmental processes
  • Seafloor digital elevation models as basis for understanding coral reef processes and managing of reef resources
  • Seafloor bathymetry: a key parameter for interpretation of the International Law of the Sea

Dr. Niall Slowey is Professor of Oceanography in the College of Geosciences. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Massachusets Insttute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. After spending a year as a Lamont-­‐Doherty Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University where he enjoys working with students and conductng research. Niall and his students employ an interdisciplinary approach to investgate aspects of marine-­‐environmental change associated with climate/sea-­‐ level variations and marine sedimentary processes at coral reefs/carbonate platforms and continental margins. Their studies seek to better understand the nature of fundamental geological processes that are active at the seafloor. They also seek to better understand how/why climate, the circulation and chemistry of the oceans, and sea level vary over timescales, ranging from glacial-­‐interglacial cycles to the past few decades/years. They have conducted research in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, plus a number of adjacent seas and the Great Lakes. In addition, Niall works together with governmental agencies, industry, and non-­‐governmental organizations to address socially-­‐relevant issues at the nexus of science, engineering, and public policy. Such issues include the conservation of marine resources, energy-­‐ related marine geohazards and geotechnics, and the International Law of the Sea, as well as matters like the US Navy’s recovery of the sunken ship Ehime Maru and unexploded ordnance and nuclear waste in the oceans.

Please contact Dr. Michael Bishop at michael.bishop@tamu.edu or visit our webpage at https://geosat.tamu.edu


March 1
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


MSC Room 2406A