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Blue Marble User Conference Speakers

BMUC presentations feature Blue Marble users from many different industries and locations including:

Larry Mayer

Larry Mayer

Director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, and Director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
University of New Hampshire

Presenting at: BMUC Portland, Maine 2018

Speaker Bio

Larry Mayer is a Professor and the Director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. He graduated magna cum laude with an Honors degree in Geology from the University of Rhode Island in 1973 and received a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Marine Geophysics in 1979. At Scripps he worked with the Marine Physical Laboratory's Deep-Tow Geophysical package, applying this sophisticated acoustic sensor to problems of deep-sea mapping and the history of climate. After being selected as an astronaut candidate finalist for NASA's first class of mission specialists, Larry went on to a Post-Doc at the School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island where he worked on the early development of the Chirp Sonar and problems of deep-sea sediment transport and paleoceanography. In 1982, he became an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Oceanography at Dalhousie University and in 1991 moved to the University of New Brunswick to take up the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ocean Mapping. In 2000 Larry became the founding director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire and the co-director of the NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center. Larry has participated in more than 90 cruises (over 70 months at sea!) during the last 35 years, and has been chief or co-chief scientist of numerous expeditions including two legs of the Ocean Drilling Program and eight mapping expeditions in the ice-covered regions of the high Arctic. He has served on, or chaired, far too many international panels and committees and has the requisite large number of publications on a variety of topics in marine geology and geophysics. He is the recipient of the Keen Medal for Marine Geology and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm. He was a member of the President's Panel on Ocean Exploration, National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for the Geosciences, and chaired a National Academy of Science Committee on national needs for coastal mapping and charting as well as the recently completed National Academies report on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Spill on ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico. He was the co-chair of the NOAA's Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group, and the Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership's Board of Trustees, and is currently the Chair of the National Academies of Science's Oceans Studies Board, a member of the State Dept.'s Extended Continental Shelf Task Force and the Navy's SCICEX Advisory Committee. In 2016 Larry was appointed by President Obama to the Arctic Research Commission and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018. Larry's current research deals with sonar imaging and remote characterization of the seafloor as well as advanced applications of 3-D visualization to ocean mapping problems and applications of mapping to Law of the Sea issues, particularly in the Arctic.

Ocean Mapping: Exploring the Secrets of the Deep

It has often been said that we know more about the backside of the Moon then our own ocean's bottom. Sadly this is true. The Moon and Mars have both been mapped at much higher resolution then the 75% of the earth's surface represented by the world's ocean basins. While it is wonderful to be able to produce detailed maps of the Moon and Mars, one would think that we owe it to ourselves to understand our own planet at the same level of resolution. In some ways the challenges are greater, while space is transparent to the light, the ocean waters prevent the use of optical techniques for mapping beyond very shallow depths and we need to turn to sound or SONAR systems to map much of the seafloor. Over the past 50 years, there have been remarkable advances in our ability to use sonar to map the seafloor. These advances combine sophisticated sonar technology with advanced visualization tools and are provided remarkable new perspectives of the seafloor and seafloor processes. More recently our sonar and visualization tools have allowed us to image the water column. We will explore these new tools and the insights they are providing about seafloor and ocean processes, including the discovery of 3,000 meter high mountains in the Arctic, D-day wrecks, the underwater behavior of whales, the history of climate through the impact of ice on the sea floor and the distribution of natural (and unnatural) gas seeps including the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Ron Chapple

Ron Chapple

Aerial Filmworks

Presenting at: BMUC Los Angeles 2018

Speaker Bio

Ron's company, Aerial Filmworks, was the first to build a hardware device to simultaneously overlay geo-position, date/time, and aircraft information on HD Video while synching the video with GPS time-code. Ron continues to work in the dual world of cinema for clients including National Geographic, BBC, PBS, and Universal Studios, along with highly visible electrical and gas/oil transmission companies who share the same need for high quality aerial sensors and file management.

The making of "The Wall" - A Pulitzer Prize-winning analysis of the impact of the proposed wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico

​Ron will share a fascinating account of his company's collaboration with a team of journalists from USA Today on "The Wall". This Pulitzer Prizing-winning project involved a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the proposed wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The project made use of virtual reality, aerial video, 360-degree video, documentary video, photos, podcasts and interactive maps as well as more than a dozen individual stories to help shed some light on the effects of the proposed border wall spanning almost 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. For their part, Aerial Filmworks delivered real-time augmented reality overlays on aerial video, visually depicting the border location. Viewers can see the perspective from any point along the border by simply clicking on a map. Visit for more information.

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