NFSI's Marine Seismology Workshop is Fast Approaching!

May 19, 2023

by NFSI Staff

The first annual Marine Seismology Workshop is coming up May 22-26, 2023, hosted by the NFSI at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. The workshop is also sponsored by the NSERC-CREATE training program iMAGE and NOR-R-AM. We will be welcoming students and researchers from across Canada and around the world to Dalhousie for this inaugural event. We are busy putting the final touches on preparations for the workshop, and very excited to welcome all of the participants for a week of interesting discussion, training, and some fun when the work is done. More detailed information and the workshop program can be found here.

The first two days of the workshop will be primarily lectures and discussion. Participants will receive instruction in all aspects of marine seismology, including lectures from leading Canadian researchers in the field and 2 invited keynote lectures. Our keynote speakers are Juan Pablo Canales from WHOI and Helen Janiszewski from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. NFSI staff will also provide an introduction to the facility and our ocean-bottom seismometer instrumentation. Two days will be devoted to practical sessions demonstrating processing and analysis of ocean-based seismic data, and a field trip to observe deployment and recovery of the NFSI's ocean-bottom seismometers aboard a local vessel (Island Venture I of Baker Blue Ocean). Field trips will depart from Blandford, NS, where the vessel is based, a roughly 1-hour drive from Dalhousie campus. The final day will have participants splitting into groups for a mock proposal writing competition.

Island Venture 1 (via CFI, Dale Wilson)

Island Venture I, which will be used for the workshop field trips. Photo: Dale Wilson.

Participants will have opportunities to socialize and experience some of the excellent food and scenery that Nova Scotia has to offer. We will have an icebreaker event at Mother's Pizza in Halifax's North End on Sunday, May 21. The restaurant serves excellent Woodstone oven pizza and many local micro-brews. The closing reception Friday evening will be held at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery in Wolfville, NS, in the Annapolis Valley. Prior to the reception, there will be time to explore scenic downtown Wolfville, with its many shops and views of the Cornwallis River and Minas Basin.

Mother's Pizza dining room and kitchen

Part of the dining area and kitchen at Mother's Pizza. Photo courtesy Mother's Pizza.

Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery patio view (from Susan Hollander via Google, Oct 2022)

The view of Minas Basin from the patio at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery. Photo: Susan Hollander.

We're counting down the days until everyone arrives. See you soon!