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Meet with CSA Scientists at ASLO Meeting in Portland, 11-16 Feb. 2018 – Booth #527

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Mark Fonseca Attends ASLO

CSA Vice President, Dr. Mark Fonseca will be representing CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) at this year’s ASLO Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon. A world-renowned coastal restoration expert, Dr. Fonseca will focus on demonstrating CSA’s EDGSonline 2.0 platform (Environmental Data and Geospatial Services), a cloud-based mapping and data visualization platform and example application to ocean science applications.

Designed from the ground up by CSA scientists and GIS personnel, this secure and scalable digital mapping solution offers powerful but simple-to-use tools for spatial analysis, document management, and Full Motion Video (FMV) playback. Users can organize maps and data to tell compelling stories and reveal distinct patterns otherwise unseen. By allowing users to arrange information in a hierarchical order where views address specific project questions supported by relevant data, complex projects with multiple campaigns and tasks can be readily visualized by both project staff and client representatives. EDGSonline 2.0 innovatively combines data and report management with advanced capabilities such as geo-fencing, asset tracking, and real-time data acquisition to meet scientific and administrative programmatic needs in a technologically evolving industry.

Dr. Fonseca will be accompanied by Mr. David Snyder, Senior Scientist at CSA, noted ichthyologist and lead author of the recent Johns Hopkins Press book: Marine Fishes of Florida. Stop by Booth #527 to meet with Dr. Fonseca and Mr. Snyder and see first-hand how EDGSonline 2.0 is transforming the data management process for complex offshore and nearshore environmental programs.

Sea The Difference: Cassiopeia, an Upside-Down Jellyfish

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Groups of Cassiopeia jellyfish are commonly found upside-down on the seafloor, with their tentacles extending upwards into the water column above.  These jellyfish, like corals, contain algae in their tentacles and turn upside-down to expose the algae to sunlight. Sometimes, however, they are seen pulsing to move, as shown in this photo taken by CSA staff offshore Key West. 

CSA Monitors Nearshore Hardbottom off the Treasure Coast

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This video provides a compilation of CSA marine biologists conducting underwater monitoring of nearshore hardbottom resources off the east coast of Florida for several beach nourishment projects. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection requires that nearshore hardbottom monitoring be conducted before, during, and (for a certain number of years) following a beach nourishment project. As part of these monitoring efforts, CSA marine biologists assess percent cover of marine flora and fauna within quadrats, measure sediment depth on hardbottom, and map the edges of hardbottom features using a GPS buoy. The video also shows some of the various marine life comprising the nearshore hardbottom biological community, including algae, sponges, urchins, jellyfish, and sharks.

CSA at Work: The AMX-1 Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System

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  • Category: Blog

The AMX-1 Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System is a comprehensive multi-year project comprising a permit feasibility study, route design, benthic characterization field surveys, agency coordination, permit application preparation and acquisition, hardbottom mitigation plan development and negotiations, and post-installation surveys and mitigation in accordance with permit compliance requirements.

AMX-1 Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System Project from Continental Shelf Associates on Vimeo.

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