Spatial Analysis Processing

Workshop Outline

The objective of this workshop is a) to introduce ECGs to “Spatial Analysis Processing” or SAP and b) to give ECGs hands-on experience in imagining processing in open source software (i.e. QGIS). It will cover any methodologies and tools which study entities using their topological, geometric, or geographic properties, a fundamental concept in earth sciences. Applying SAP technologies to the exploration of the planet has led to profound changes in our knowledge and understanding of Earth systems. This workshop will present some of the aspects of SAP applications with emphasis on image processing, offering an overview of evolutionary stages of development of principles and theory (from basic mapping to complex machine learning tools) and examples of drones/satellite data analysis. This workshop will be led by Prof. Conti, a world-leading expert in this field. He has extensive knowledge on seabed mapping techniques, most recently using ROV-derived video footage to carry out Marine Object-Based Image Analysis (MOBIA) to map Cold-water coral mounds (Conti et al. 2019). This work plays a key role in monitoring and understanding marine habitats and can also be applied to onshore, terrestrial localities using drone imagery.

Leader Background
Prof Luis Conti

Prof. Luis Conti is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. Following the completion of his undergraduate in Geography at the University of São Paulo (USP), he then undertook an M.Sc. in physical oceanography. After gaining more experience in Geodatabases, Luis decided to pursue a PhD in Marine Geology at USP/University of Bordeaux. In a nutshell, his work was based on GIS and other geodatabase applications in modelling the geomorphology of continental shelves. Working for several years as a remote-sensing field engineer has taken him to the furthest stretches around the world, accruing a rich knowledge on GIS-related processes. He is currently the Associate Professor of Geology at the University of São Paulo, teaching courses related to geology and geoinformatics, including “Marine and Coastal Geomatics” and “Geographic Information Sciences”. His current research interest is using geomatics to understand the short and long-term geological processes that are influencing marine habitats, both in coastal and deep-sea environments.