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Lakebed 2030 Conference

Lakebed 2030 Conference

2021: Let’s Dive In!

Lakebed 2030 Hex Map

Virtual Conference | Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2021 | Free

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What will it take to map the lakes at high-density?

This fall, join other professionals in science and research, policy, government, and industry to:

  • Focus on Great lakes marine mapping and bathymetry data.
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lake bed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.

Momentum continues to build behind Lakebed 2030, the initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-density. This past year, partners across sectors continued to connect around the goals of  mapping new areas, sharing data, and building a free, publicly accessible, highly detailed map.

With only 5% of the lakefloor mapped at high-density, there is a lot of exciting work to be done. This year’s conference theme is “Let’s dive in!” and will help connect leaders dedicated to the Lakebed 2030 vision.

Choose from five dynamic presentation tracks:

  • Technology
  • Mapping
  • Habitats and Fisheries
  • Coastal
  • Archeology and Geology

Featured Keynote Speakers

Geneviève Béchard

from the Canadian Hydrographic Service

Nicole Raineault

from the Ocean Exploration Trust

Instead of collecting a registration fee, participants are pledging their support. There is a wide spectrum of need to support the 2030 goal, including access to previously collected data, technology advancements to improve survey efficiency, coordinated survey planning, and funding.

When registering, please consider the following pledge themes and select one. The organizers would like to highlight your contributions and use them in a  plan of action for 2022.

  • Data: Do you have lakebed information in storage that you’d like to share? To support the “map  once, use many times” motto, our goal is to share lake mapping data with centralized repositories, such as NCEI and Digital Coast.
  • Technology: Are you a developer or technologist who wants to help build mapping capacity?  We need your help to make the most of every survey mile.
  • Future mapping projects: Planning and prioritizing new data needs is an iterative (but essential!) process. We are encouraging partners to share their mapping requirements and plans and solicit any information on partner priorities and previously collected data in the area of interest.
  • Funding: Would you consider funding projects to accelerate mapping progress?

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