Meeting Summaries & Reports


Meeting Summaries & Reports

Seagrass Data Analysis Retreat

Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2019, UBC & Hakai Institute

During this data analysis retreat we bring together a multi-year dataset collected by the O’Connor lab (UBC), and supporting data form the Hakai Institute and the Parfrey lab. Our goals are to: 1) integrate data, 2) establish an analytical approach to tackle core research questions and 3) collaborate on manuscripts and data products. Ultimately, these analyses will inform our knowledge of the ecosystem services provided by seagrass habitats, their management, and chart the path for future seagrass research in B.C.

We will provide updates on each of the >8 manuscripts in progress or in development using Hakai data from 2015-2018. Some manuscripts need minor revisions and feedback, while others need greater development. Our main objective will be to identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration, and to scope and draft a synthesis manuscript that includes observations from the coastal habitat monitoring program over the last 5 years. 

Geospatial Workshop

Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2019, Hakai Institute

The 2019 Geospatial workshop is aimed at reviewing and discussing the state of Geospatial operations at Hakai Institute. We will hold sessions throughout the week to plan for 2020, discuss how we can build more efficiency into the work we do, and generally improving the overall Geospatial operation. Discussion will focus on field safety protocols, data collection methodologies, data processing techniques, project management, reporting, database management, data integration, GIS workflows, and ongoing collaborations. We will discuss the future of remote sensing, new technologies and techniques, and how we will stay at the leading edge of the Geospatial field. We expect to have a number of specific outcomes that will be scheduled for completion during the workshop. 

 The Hakai Geospatial team is dedicated to working with community and research partners to collect, analyze, and distribute spatial data. We address scientific questions from icefields to oceans by using a combination of remote sensing techniques, including: airborne images collected from satellites and drones; airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) collected from aircraft; 3D terrain models collected from drones; and underwater acoustic data (bathymetry and habitat mapping) collected from a hydrographic survey vessel. We use different processing techniques to create analysis ready mapping products. 

B.C. Kelp Mapping Analytical Working Group

Oct 16 - Oct 16, 2019

The BC Kelp Mapping Analytical Working Group brings together a team of researchers and analysts to provide knowledge, carry out analyses, and deliver data on the distribution, productivity and health of canopy-forming kelps in British Columbia (BC). This important foundation species has been identified as a focal point for the implementation of the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)’s EBM Monitoring Program. 

The objectives of this Working Group are driven by MaPP’s Regional Kelp Monitoring Program, and stem from the April 2019 Regional Kelp Workshop (Richmond, BC). The Working Group brings together a group of technical experts from the following core collaborating initiatives: the Hakai Institute, the University of Victoria’s Remote Sensing Lab, DFO, Parks Canada and the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP). 

The specific goal of structured meetings in Fall 2019 is to advance a number of common goals related to quantifying kelp distribution, biomass and productivity on the North Pacific Coast in order to inform regional kelp management and monitoring.

Biochemical Methodologies for Measuring Zooplankton Production

Oct 11 - Oct 14, 2019, PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization

PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization, is an intergovernmental scientific organization that was established and held its first meeting in 1992. Its present members are Canada, People's Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and the United States of America. The purposes of the Organization are as follows:

  • Promote and coordinate marine research in the northern North Pacific and adjacent seas especially northward of 30 degrees North
  • Advance scientific knowledge about the ocean environment, global weather and climate change, living resources and their ecosystems, and the impacts of human activities
  • Promote the collection and rapid exchange of scientific information on these issues

Following on the success of the practical workshop on “Production methodologies and measurements for in situ zooplankton’, which was co-hosted by PICES Working Group 37 and Yokohama National University, we propose a second practical workshop that focuses on biochemical methods. PICES Working Group 37, Ocean Networks Canada and the Hakai Institute will jointly host this second workshop.

There are several anticipated deliverables of this workshop:

  • About 10 Canadian and international scientists will be exposed to Hakai Institute’s Quadra Island field station where new zooplankton production techniques will be taught and learned.
  • This workshop is a partial fulfillment of one of PICES Working Group 37’s terms of reference.
  • This would enhance collaborative opportunities, particularly between ONC and Hakai.  

The ArchaeoEcology Project at Quadra Island

Oct 7 - Oct 12, 2019, Santa Fe Institute Working Group

Building on the momentum of the ongoing ArchaeoEcology Working Group that has met at the Santa Fe Institute starting in 2017, participants are convening at the Hakai Institute on Quadra Island, British Columbia to spend a week intensively working with other participants to advance the project. The ArchaeoEcology Project examines the ways that pre-industrial humans manipulated the biotic environment for food, clothing, shelter, ritual and other purposes. A key goal of the project is to develop a multi-interaction ecological network framework for new data compilation and analysis. By developing and comparing examples from the archaeological past where we know the trajectories of coupled natural-human systems, we are laying the foundations for a new research agenda useful for exploring the sustainability of past, present and future systems.

At this meeting participants will spend time analyzing data, working on several papers that are in progress, and discussing next steps for the project. Several high-profile synthetic papers are well underway, including one that examines how archaeological data can be useful for studying the modern world. Following three prior meetings at SFI, the group is meeting at Quadra Island, hosted by the Hakai Institute, which serves two purposes. First, it allows us to further cement ties with the Northwest North American Coast contingent of the working group and the Hakai Institute. Second, it will provide working group participants firsthand exposure to one of our key study systems.