Saving the Blue Stuff: Esri’s Ocean GIS Forum


Portions of this blog post from ArcUser, Winter 2014.
The 2013 Esri Ocean GIS Forum was the first of what is expected to be an annual event, and showcased the multitude of ways the ocean community uses GIS to better understand and protect the ocean. Speakers at the forum emphasized the importance of enlisting the global public’s support in saving the ocean from the adverse impacts of human activity. The event also gave Esri an opportunity to unveil new tools, and enhancements to existing tools for handling multidimensional data.

The forum, held November 5–7, 2013, on the Esri campus in Redlands, California, drew 150 attendees from academic and research institutes, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and ocean-related businesses that use GIS in the marine and coastal environment. While most were from the United States, some attendees traveled from Spain, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. The event was sponsored by Oceaneering, ExactEarth, QPS, Amazon Web Services, and RPS/ASA. Read Monica Pratt’s great summary of the 2013 event in a recent edition of ArcNews, as well as the announcement in the GIS and Science blog.

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Esri Ocean GIS Forum is again scheduled for November 5-7. We are now taking early registrations, as well as abstracts for full-length presentations, lightning talks, and contributions to our map and app galleries. Please note the following deadlines:

  • Early Bird Registration by August 1, 2014 to receive a discount
  • Standard Registration by October 3, 2014 to avoid late fees
  • Abstracts for 20-minute talks extended to August 15, 2014
  • Abstracts for 5-minute lightning talks due by August 15, 2014
  • Map Gallery submissions due by September 29, 2014
  • New in 2014: Story Map and Apps submissions due by September 29, 2014
  • We look forward to seeing you in sunny southern California in November! The web site esri.com/events/oceans will have all the latest information up to and including the start of the Esri event. Full proceedings, including selected videos, will be provided online in 2015. We also hope to produce another edition of Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, the peer-reviewed research monograph of full papers and supplementary digital resources based on the Foruum.

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