Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12 Noon – 1:00 PM (EST)
A Virtual Symposium
This virtual symposium outlines the ambitious goal of mapping the world’s largest fresh water system, the Great Lakes, by the year 2030. The initiative is modeled after the Seabed 2030 effort and brings together a broad and diverse set of stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes. The panelists will discuss the current activities supporting this initiative from both the U.S. and Canadian perspective with additional discussion regarding the development of a new platform serving as a comprehensive data repository.
Hans W. VanSumeren
Hans Van Sumeren is the Director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College. He has over 28 years of experience on a wide variety of marine based activities involving coastal processes, hydrographic surveying, search and recovery, environmental and habitat monitoring, shipwreck investigations, ship hydrodynamics and remote sensing. Prior to Northwestern Michigan College, Hans worked at the University of Michigan in the Ocean Engineering Laboratory and the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories where he served at various research and administrative positions from 1992 through 2008 including the chief ROV pilot. He holds both a BSE and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan with emphasis in Marine Environmental Engineering.
Brandon serves as the Great Lakes Regional Geospatial Coordinator with CSS-Inc. where he provides geospatial and remote sensing technical assistance and support for NOAA Office for Coastal Management and partners in the Great Lakes region. Brandon also supports product development including NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer (LLV), and benthic remote sensing and mapping. Brandon completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Montana in Geography and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and minor in Geology and International Studies from Bemidji State University.
Jocelyn is a Geospatial Analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada where she provides geospatial support for Great Lakes ecosystem management. This includes implementing the Canadian Great Lakes Nearshore Framework to provide a cumulative effects assessment of nearshore waters. In collaboration with partners, Jocelyn also supports the development of an online tool to share and use the data from the Nearshore Framework, including bathymetric LiDAR for the Canadian Great Lakes nearshore areas. Jocelyn holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Fleming College.
Tim is responsible for strategy, policy and development of data and information technology at the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS). He is currently focused on leading the development of a new marine IoT technology platform that will serve GLOS and the Smart Great Lakes initiative. He is also bringing together stakeholders and industry to fulfill a vision to map the entirety of the Great Lakes with high resolution bathymetry. With roots in ocean technology, he has applied his skill sets to a variety of products such as ClipCard, Numurus’ NEPI, Ocean Aero’s Submaran, and Esri’s Maritime products as well as multiple 3D applications and custom projects.