From left standing - Tom Weber, Jennifer Brizzolara, Mike Redmayne, Larry Mayer, Renato Kane, Daniel Anunciación, Ian Church, Dave Wells, and kneeling John Hughes Clarke.
The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and the organizers of the CCOM-UNH/OMG-UNB Multibeam Course sponsored three recent graduates to attend MBC74 held in New Orleans in January.
The recipients of the scholarships reflected the broad geographical coverage of THSOA; Daniel Anunciacion from Alaska, Jennifer Brizzolara from Florida and Renato Kane from Delaware. Like many members they also had different academic background, including land surveying, remote sensing, GIS and habitat assessment.
The course also gave them the opportunity to interact with over fifty other attendees and learn from their knowledge and experience. Daniel has been surveying just over a year in Alaska and noted that he “was amazed to find that multibeam sonar is not only limited to surveying, but used by so many other professions: geologists, biologists, many government agencies within the United States and all around the world are reaping the benefits of multibeam data.”
Jennifer transitioned from being a Research Assistant to Project Scientist for the Continental Shelf Characterization, Assessment and Mapping Project (C-SCAMP), and thought the course provided her a more robust background to better understand the limitations and potential of different sources of MBES data, and methods to diagnose and correct “wobble” artifact in bathymetry data. Also importantly “as C-SCAMP is a small, grant-funded research group, the scholarship for this training from The Hydrographic Society of America is high-impact, and will provide valuable support for hydrographic, geomorphological, seafloor characterization, and fisheries management efforts on the West Florida Shelf.”
Renato has a strong background in remote sensing and came with a good functional knowledge of deep-water multibeam mapping from his time as a navigator and mapper on E/V Nautilus expeditions. “The course allowed me to acquire the knowledge and tools needed to fully comprehend the larger picture of acoustic data acquisition and processing. I feel better prepared for the role of mapping coordinator on Nautilus acquiring and processing multibeam data for general mapping and specifically mapping to support planning scientific exploration ROV dives.”
The three scholarship recipients are at the beginning of their careers and all acknowledged that the course added significantly to their seafloor mapping knowledge and provided a great basis for their ongoing multibeam related work. The THSOA views this scholarship as an important way to encourage students and recent graduates to establish a career in hydrography, ocean mapping and related earth sciences.