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Upcoming workshops in the Biennial in San Francisco this December 2015
RIEMMCCA: Network of Marine Mammal Specialists of Central America and the Caribbean Subject: Review of the State of Knowledge of the Marine Mammals of Central America and the Caribbean
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 2015; 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Organizer and contact email: Laura J May-Collado (email@example.com)
Description: The intent of this symposium is to review the state-of-knowledge of the aquatic mammals of Central America and the Caribbean and to enhance collaboration and communication between scientists in the region. The symposium will consist of presentations (oral and poster), special talks on, distance sampling methods, importance of communicating our science (public and in peer reviewed journals), revision of previous work in the region, and we will conclude with a discussion session to identify gaps in knowledge, conservation issues, and future research directions for the region. We invite national and international scientists working in the region to present their work by submitting a 300 word abstract (English and Spanish abstracts are welcome) to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstract submission will close on August 15, 2015.
The cost of this workshop has been supplemented by outside funding sources, therefore, participants will only be charged $45 USD ($55 USD after September 15).
Cost: $45 (Early Bird); $55 (After September 15, 2015)
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Powerful and Cost-Effective Tools for Marine Science and ConservationSubject: The intent of this workshop is to review the state-of-the-art for regulations, hardware, software, and data management in studies of marine species using various types of remotely-controlled or autonomous aerial platforms.
Date/Time: Sunday, December 13, 2015; 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Description: The intent of this workshop is to review the state-of-the-art for regulations, hardware, software, and data management in studies of marine mammals using various types of remotely-controlled platforms. In this full-day meeting we will present and discuss four main topics:
(1) regulatory updates (U.S., Canada, Europe, Others) – an overview of existing and proposed operating regulations, legal initiatives, and outstanding issues – including permitting. No-fly zones and software/hardware solutions to automate Class A and B airspace protection. “Common sense” operational guidelines.
(2) Brief presentations on emerging applications; perhaps coupled with discussions on sensors.
(3) platform features, uses, costs, and limits – a discussion, highlighted by specific examples, of each type of platform detailing its demonstrated applications, advantages, limits, and future. We would include fixed-wing and rotary-winged UAVs.
(4) workflow, data management, and operational best practices – a discussion, highlighted by specific examples, of how best to utilize these platforms and integrate multiple data flows (e.g., video, imagery, GPS, topographic information) for post-operation analyses.
In addition to a number of presentations, a product from this workshop will be a “best practices guide” manuscript to submit to Marine Mammal Science.
Cost: $80 (Early Bird); $90 (After September 15, 2015)