Tim Webster receives GOMC Visionary Award
Dr. Tim Webster, a research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at Nova Scotia Community College in Middleton, and Barrington Municipal High School's Environment Club each received a 2011 Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on Marine Environment.
"Both award recipients have demonstrated dedication to the environment, and to marine protection in particular," said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, who represents the province on the Gulf of Maine Council.
"Their communities, and the province as a whole, are benefitting from their leadership and commitment."
Dr. Webster was recognized for his long-term leadership in developing and applying remote sensing technologies. Mr. Webster's work has led to a better understanding of the Bay of Fundy's changing coastlines and watersheds and the implications of climate change on coastal environments and communities.
Two Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards are given annually in each of five jurisdictions: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
The awards recognize innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations, or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine.
The council works to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the gulf and to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations within its five jurisdictions.
The departments of Environment and Fisheries and Aquaculture are member agencies, which include representatives from federal and provincial governments, non-government organizations and the private sector.
This year’s recipient of the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award is Tim Webster, a research scientist with Applied Geomatics Research at the Annapolis Valley campus of Nova Scotia Community College.
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Webster won the award for long-standing dedication and leadership in the development and application of geomatics technologies being applied to coastal problems. His work has greatly increased knowledge and improved management in the Gulf of Maine, which includes the Bay of Fundy.
The awards are presented to individuals or organizations within the five Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For 20 years, the awards have recognized innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine.
The award was announced during a ceremony Dec. 7 in Portland, Me.