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Bathymetric lidar expert from the USGS to visit

Dr. Tim Webster will host Dr. John Brock of the United States Geological Survey. Dr. Brock is an expert on remote sensing and bathymetric lidar. He will be giving a public lecture at the NSCC Waterfront Campus theatre on Tues. May 7th at 7:00 PM entitled “Responding to Hurricane Sandy with a New Experimental Airborne Topobathymetric Lidar to Map the Dynamic Beach Front”. He will then present two seminars as part of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics seminar series. The seminar is entitled “Lidar Mapping to Predict Coastal Hazards and Protect Coastal Habitats in the USA” will take place Wed. May 8, 1:30 pm in the Lewis King Boardroom, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Dr. Dartmouth and again on Thurs. May 9, noon in the AV Room at the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown.


Dr. Brock is a staff scientist for lidar for the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program at the National Center in Reston, VA, near Washington, DC. Prior to that he served as a research scientist at the USGS St. Petersburg Centre for Marine Sciences, Florida where he developed lidar techniques to study coral reefs in the Caribbean and change along coastal barrier islands and wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that he worked for NOAA in South Carolina to establish a remote sensing program to support coastal managers. His research has included cooperative efforts between the USGS, NASA and the National Park Service (NPS), to create new remote sensing-based capabilities for coastal studies and natural resources management, and to apply those capabilities within interdisciplinary research to national seashores. He has some history in Nova Scotia as well, he did his post doc at BIO in 1991-92 using ocean colour remote sensing to estimate basin-scale primary production.

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