Ocean Mapping Group

Ocean Mapping Group


The Ocean Mapping Group was established at the University of New Brunswick in 1988 in response to a national need to develop advanced ocean mapping capabilities. The research of the Ocean Mapping Group is focused on developing new and innovative techniques and tools for the management, processing, visualization and interpretation of ocean mapping data. While we define ocean mapping in its broadest sense (including the water column, sea surface and sea bottom), the initial efforts were directed to seafloor mapping, and in particular, towards problems associated with high-volume seafloor bathymetric and imaging systems.

The Ocean Mapping Group is part of the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB. It draws upon faculty and staff with expertise in the fields of hydrography, geographical information systems, digital image analysis, interactive computer graphics and 3-D data visualization.

Ian Church
Principal Investigator / Assistant Professor, P.Eng.
John Hughes Clarke
Adjunct Professor
David Wells
Professor Emeritus
Susan Haigh
Honourary Research Associate
Aixue Wang
Visiting Scholar (Wuhan University)

Current Students and Researchers

Khaleel Arfeen
Weston Renoud
Marta Padilla Ruiz
Ahmadreza Alleosfour
Patrick McNeill
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Michel Legere
Undergraduate Research Assistant


Select Recent Publications

Church, I., L. Quas, M. Williamson, 2017, Multibeam Water Column Data Processing Techniques to Facilitate Scientific Bio-Acoustic Interpretation, Proceedings of the US  Hydrographic Conference 2017, 11pp.

Hughes Clarke, J. E. (2016). First wide-angle view of channelized turbidity currents links migrating cyclic steps to flow characteristics. Nature Communications, 7(May), 11896. http://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11896

Crawford, A.J., P. Wadhams, T. Wagner, A. Stern, E. Abrahamsen, I. Church, R. Bates,  K. Nicholls, 2016, Journey of an Arctic ice island. Oceanography, 29(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.30.

McHugh, C., I. Church, M.S. Kim, and D. Maggio, 2015, Comparison of horizontal and vertical resolvable resolution between repetitive multibeam surveys using different kinematic GNSS methods. International Hydrographic Review, No. 14, November 2015, pp. 7-18

I. Church, 2014,  Modelling the Estuarine Circulation of the Port of Saint John: Applications in Hydrographic Surveying, Doctoral Thesis, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.

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Recent Projects

Port of Saint John Research Project Develop a Better Understanding of Sedimentation, Circulation and Ecology of the Saint John Harbour

CONCORDECONsortium for oil spill exposure pathways in COastal River-Dominated Ecosystems

Mactaquac – Upper Saint John River Mapping

Squamish Prodelta Experiment 

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