I received an email over the weekend from Denis Hains (former Hydrographer General of Canada retired in 2018) alerting me to a Hydrographic and Lidar Survey International Summer School. It is going to take place May 26 to June 7 in Québec City, Canada. It’s a bilingual, 2 week, affordable programme in English & French. It is obvious that a lot of work has gone into this. If only I were 30 years younger.
Hydrographic data are one of the central components of a marine geospatial data infrastructure. Thus, they are an essential cornerstone of researches and initiatives conducted in the maritime sector. From an economic standpoint, they are used in many fields related to navigation security (main objective), port and coastal areas management, marine pollution monitoring, shores protection against erosion, infrastructure inspection, off-shore construction, underwater cabling, maritime delimitations, and, finally, inland waters (dams, rivers, waterways).
From a research standpoint, knowing precisely the bathymetry is a prerequisite when conducting ocean mapping researches, and understanding the interactions between various marine ecosystems and processes (ex. coastal oceanic models, underwater shapes and sediment deposition analysis). Although water covers 71% of earth surface, many regions are still not mapped (ex. lakes in Quebec, Arctic region). Thus, there a need to increase hydrographic surveys. This need triggers new opportunities concerning Highly Qualified Personal (HQP) recruitment and innovative surveying technologies and methods (ex. autonomous vehicles, automatic quality control of data, …).
This international summer school provides participants with a unique multi disciplinary training experience, involving close interaction with high-level scientists, professional and stakeholders from the hydrographic and maritime fields in a cutting-edge technological context. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop their competencies through field experiments aboard hydrographic vessels equipped with various sensors. Their participation to this international summer school will position them at the leading edge of hydrographic technological developments guaranteeing a training attuned with the job market and the research needs.
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