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Maximizing the Value of NOAA Data through Investment, Innovation, and Governance

August 16-20, 2021


NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee is proud to host the 11th annual NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW). The workshop will be presented in an entirely virtual format. We are taking advantage of the opportunities that this online format affords, to both encourage broad participation in breakout sessions and to line up high caliber plenary speakers.

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Friday, August 20 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
8B: AIS Vessel Tracking Data Drives Innovation

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Session Chairs: Tim Haverland and Jordan Watson

Recent advances in satellite technology have increased the coverage of vessel tracking data worldwide. An Automatic Identification System (AIS) is one such system that provides vessel identification, characteristics, and position from ship-board transmitters to receivers on other vessels, land receiving stations, and satellites. These systems transmit data at frequent intervals, quickly leading to large datasets.

This extremely rich data set of human maritime behavior opens numerous opportunities for NOAA to better perform its mission. However, the velocity and volume of near real-time data pose major data management challenges to NOAA.

Presentations in this session will describe innovations in the acquisition, storage, processing, and documentation of AIS data, as well as applications from across NOAA made possible by this increasingly important data stream.

Presentations: (abstracts by session here
1. Hotspots of unseen fishing on the high seas
- Heather M. Welch
2. Big Data, Easy Access
- Jesse Brass
3. AIS data and geofencing facilitate maritime traffic management for walrus conservation
- Aaron Poe, Jen Dillon
4. Leveraging the Open Access to GTS Project for Distribution of AIS Data from Ships
- Kevin O'Brien
5. The Use of an Indexed Grid Cell Assignment to Speed up Vessel Traffic Analyses
- Jeff Adams
6. Operational Application of Vessel AIS Data in Marine Weather Prediction
- Joseph M. Sienkiewicz

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Tim Haverland

GIS Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
I'm the GIS lead for Fisheries so do lots of map work, specializing in web-based mapping. As part of NOAA's Cetaceans and Sound (CetSound) project, I've been working on maps of ocean sound scapes, which has also led me to an interest in passive acoustic data, and how to manage these... Read More →
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Jordan Watson

Mathematical statistician, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
I'm interested in developing more streamlined and integrated data / workflows for analysis of fishery resources. Much of my recent work has focused on connecting satellite and geospatial data with fishery-dependent data sets (e.g., observer data, vessel tracking data, fish landings... Read More →


Aaron Poe

Network Program Officer, Alaska Conservation Foundation

Kevin O'Brien

Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington/CICOES, OAR/PMEL
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Heather M Welch

Project Scientist, NMFS Environmental Research Division
My research focuses on the intersection of big data, statistical modeling, remote sensing, and decision-support science to predict and manage species, oceanographic features, and human activities that are dynamic and space and time. My works spans multiple systems and research questions... Read More →

Jesse Brass

NOS Office for Coastal Management
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Jeff Adams

Marine Resources Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
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Joe Sienkiewicz

Chief, Ocean Applications Branch, NWS Ocean Prediction Center
As a office that issues weather warnings and forecasts for both the North Pacific and Atlantic, we are using vessel AIS data to better understand avoidance practices and the impact of extreme weather at sea and along the coasts.  

Friday August 20, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT