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MTS Member Webinar | Building Australia’s national network of Sofar Spotter buoys to unlock real-time coastal data at scale
Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
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MTS Member Webinar | Building Australia’s national network of Sofar Spotter buoys to unlock real-time coastal data at scale

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 Join us and MTS Member - Sofar Ocean - to discover how Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)  is creating a national-scale coastal observing and modeling system made up of Sofar Spotter buoys to take on challenges caused by coastal change.

In this webinar, Michael Cuttler (University of Western Australia), Daniel lerodiaconou (Deakin University), and Nevin DiParlo (Sofar) will discuss how IMOS is deploying a nationwide network of Spotters across Australia’s 16,000 miles of coastline, dramatically increasing the spatial density of available real-time wave data in the country. This new dataset will allow users throughout Australia to better understand coastal processes and potential coastal changes affecting species, habitats, industries, and communities.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 7:00pm-7:30pm


Dr. Michael Cuttler - Research Fellow at UWA 
Dr Michael Cuttler is originally from the USA where he completed an undergraduate and Honours degree in earth sciences and coastal processes at Boston College. After completing his PhD at University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher at UWA until 2023. He is now the Facility Leader for Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) National Coastal Wave Buoy facility and an Australian Research Council Early Career Industry Fellow at UWA’s Oceans Graduate School and Oceans Institute. His research focuses on understanding the physical processes driving changes in coastal morphology over a range of a time (individual storm events to interannual/decadal coastal evolution) and spatial scales (individual beaches to regional coastlines). Through his role at IMOS’ coastal wave buoy facility, he is leading the establishment of a national wave buoy network, which will deliver nearshore wave and temperature observations at sites spanning Australia’s extensive coastline.

Daniel lerodiaconou - Associate Professor at Deakin University 
Daniel lerodiaconou is an experienced marine ecologist and Associate Professor in Marine Science at Deakin University, Australia. He employs multi-disciplinary approaches to improve our understanding of terrestrial and coastal processes, evaluation of marine reserves and improve marine ecosystem-based management. He is a principal scientist for the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program that is filling important knowledge gaps in coastal processes employing innovative approaches including a citizen science drone program for coastal erosion monitoring (2020 Eureka Prize) and establishing Victoria’s first wave buoy network. He leads the Deakin Marine Mapping Group and has developed new techniques to map our coasts and oceans, providing an accurate and comprehensive picture of coastal processes and life and the diversity of marine environments. He is the Victorian node leader for the Integrated Marine Observing System,  Board Director for the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and is the Coastal Lead Scientist for the CoastRI Initiative to establish Australia’s Coastal Observatory.


Nevin DiParlo, Commercial Business Lead - Sofar Ocean
Nevin DiParlo leads Spotter Platform sales and business development at Sofar Ocean. Prior to joining Sofar, Nevin worked with ocean technology companies to build software and sensing solutions for autonomous underwater vehicles.
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