The GEOMAR-CREATE Seafloor Mapping Summer School provides intensive introductory training in seafloor geology and remote predictive geological mapping techniques. Students are introduced to data compilation and integration, accessing data repositories, how to process different data sets such as multibeam bathymetry and geophysical data, how to set up map projects in ArcGIS with the relevant data management tools and editors, and how to interpret the compiled data in terms of the geological attributes of the seafloor. Students learn how to construct a geological map legend, create relevant map layers, including regional time-stratigraphic models, and undertake geodynamic reconstructions of large areas of the oceans. These skills are then applied in their CREATE “Capstone Mapping Project”.
The course is a core element of the iMAGE-CREATE student exchange, which consists of 2 weeks orientation and discussion of their individual research projects plus 2 weeks in the Mapping School and initiation of their Capstone Mapping project. The first four days of the Mapping School are an introduction to marine geology and seabed mapping. The remaining 5-6 days consist of practical exercises, lectures, and discussions. The main part of the course is delivered as a “virtual” sea-going expedition with simulated real-time data collection and processing, tailored to both in-person and online participation (e.g., with day/night shifts in different time zones and crossover meetings, etc.).
Key learning outcomes include: ArcGIS proficiency, understanding data archives and network protocols, seabed mapping technologies and applications, data processing, navigation, geophysical and geological data interpretation for seabed mapping, and applications in hazards, resources and MPA management. The course also makes use of the unique ARENA2 Visualization Laboratory and the Digital Earth Initiative of GEOMAR.
Participation: 10-15 students (MSc, PhD and postdoctoral level), 10 days x 8 hrs/day.
The inaugural Seafloor Mapping Summer School is being held in Kiel, Germany, May 2021. The course is delivered in-person and by videoconferencing at 2 alternate locations (Ottawa and GEOMAR). GEOMAR provides continuing financial support for the delivery of the Summer School and support for attendance is made available by iMAGE-CREATE.