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CSA Scientist to Present on Modernizing the Offshore EIA Process

During the upcoming Esri Ocean GIS Forum, Dr. Mark Fonseca of CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc will describe both the technical and procedural challenges of transforming the offshore environ-mental impact assessment (EIA) process into a modern, on-line process.


Dr. Fonseca is the Vice President - Science at CSA. His co-authored talk “Transforming the Off-shore Environmental Impact Assessment Process into a Web-based Environment: Opportuni-ties for Innovation” will describe attempts to shift impact assessments of the Outer Continental Shelf areas of the U.S. into a geospatial framework. The goal of this framework is to better and more succinctly understand the information available for guiding the impact assessment pro-cess. The offshore energy industry is also adopting methods to enable data used in impact as-sessments to be centralized and improve decision-making. He will describe the challenges of applying innovative approaches to serve both markets, including ArcGIS-associated data host-ing, desktop analysis, and real-time environmental data access.

The Esri Ocean GIS Forum will be held November 4-6, 2015 in Redland, California. For those attending the meeting, please visit our booth (#109) to meet Mark and for more information on these and other CSA services and products.

Information regarding the Esri Ocean GIS Forum can be found here.

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