MASTS is pleased to announce it has organised a short series of lunchtime discussion sessions to explore some key areas of technology/technical marine science. We hope you can join us.
Moya Crawford (D’Arcy Thompson Simulator, University of St Andrews)
Immersive Simulation – a way of thinking every bit as much as a means of visualization
The quality of immersive simulation is improving at an incredible pace. The ability already exists to import and process huge volumes of data, much of it in real time. The potential for communication of complex interactions, using quantitative information has never been greater. Using a practical example being developed on Scotland’s east coast, Moya Crawford and Mark Lawrence will guide a discussion about the use of a new software platform that enables the sea and land to be considered as connected ecosystems, and explain the work that has been done behind the scenes to create an ‘Environmental Functional Mock-up Interface (E-FMI) to enable marine scientists and engineers, alike, to contribute useful data and rely on the simulator’s output. Importing aerial and underwater drone survey; the extrapolation of 3D models from video data collected by mobile phones; the calibration of algorithms with respect to water column evaluation using satellite data; the utility of data and protocols for sharing, and optimization for different means of consideration will be some of the issues specifically explored.
Oliver Peppe (British Geological Survey)
Sampling and survey technology: how can technologists help address the big challenges in Marine Geoscience?
Dafne Eerkes-Medrano (Marine Scotland Science)
Artificial Intelligence and automated data collation and analysis
Danielle Harris (University of St Andrews)
Monitoring marine animal populations with new technologies
Tom Wilding (SAMS)
Who is Edna (eDNA), and how can she be employed in environmental monitoring?
Environmental DNA (eDNA) can be defined as a mixture of extra- and intra-cellular DNA that can be extracted from environmental samples such as air, water, soil or sediment. The generation of interpretable information from eDNA analysis is a six-stage process, and at each stage a variety of methods/approaches can be employed. These decisions must be made before the eDNA data can be considered ready for statistical analysis. As an example, we have shown that bacterial eDNA can be used to detect subtle changes in sediments occurring around fish-farms. However, before eDNA can be used in statutory monitoring we need to better understand the magnitude and source of variability attributable to the protocols employed in any particular analysis and understand how that maps to traditional (macrobenthic) methods. In this discussion session, we will explore the requirement for protocol standardisations as part of transparent and consistent eDNA-based decision-making but note that such standardisations must not stymy innovation in this young, rapidly evolving, area of research.
1 hour lunchtime discussion sessions carried out in zoom. Each session will begin with a 10-15 min talk from the host, followed by 30-40 mins of facilitated discussion & knowledge/idea exchange. We would hope that the output from each session is that people will have been able to form links outside their usual contacts, and that a 1 page summary document is produced that outlines how MASTS could assist to develop this area in the future.