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
Jonathan Beaudoin
Honourary Research Associate

Current Students and Researchers

Khaleel Arfeen
Weston Renoud
Ahmadreza Alleosfour
Marc Fortner
Undergraduate Research Assistant


Select Recent Publications

Arfeen, K., Church, I., 2019, Automated Processing of Hydrographic Data While Improving Bathymetric Accuracy and Uncertainty AssessmentProceedings of the US Hydrographic Conference 2019

Padilla-Ruiz, M., Church, I., Stefanakis, E., 2018Competitive Analysis of Current Ocean Web-Mapping ApplicationsInternational Hydrographic Review, No. 20, November 2018, pp. 7-24

Padilla Ruiz, M. ,2018, User-Centered Design for Web-Mapping Applications: A Case Study with Ocean Mapping Data for Ocean Modellers, M.Sc.Eng Thesis at the University of New Brunswick

Greer, A.T., A.M. Shiller, E.E. Hofmann, J.D. Wiggert, S.J. Warner, S.M. Parra, C. Pan, J.W. Book, D. Joung, S. Dykstra, J.W. Krause, B. Dzwonkowski, I.M. Soto, M.K. Cambazoglu, A.L. Deary, C. Briseño-Avena, A.D. Boyette, J.A. Kastler, L. Hode, U. Nwankwo, L.M. Chiaverano, V. Sanial, S.J. O’Brien, P.J. Fitzpatrick, Y. Lau, M.S. Dinniman, K.M. Martin, P. Ho, A.K. Mojzis, S.D. Howden, F.J. Hernandez, I. Church, T.N. Miles, S. Sponaugle, J.N. Moum, R.A. Arnone, R.K. Cowen, G.A. Jacobs, O. Schofield, and W.M. Graham (2018) Functioning of coastal river-dominated ecosystems and implications for oil spill response: from observations to mechanisms and models. Oceanography, 31(3)

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)

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Recent Projects

Web Map Interface for Ocean Model Construction (Beta Version based on thesis work of M. Padilla Ruiz)

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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