Kiel University at the Hannover Messe 2019

Visualization in Seafloor Research

lecture: 27.4.2018, Hannover Messe, Hall 2, CAU booth C07
time: 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
language: English

Digital media are rapidly changing the ways in which science is conducted and communicated. At the same time, the ever-increasing detail, quantity and quality of oceanic data call for new ways of data analysis and dissemination but also of communicating results. On the grounds of cutting-edge deep diving marine robotics, visualization using immersive technologies and computerized reconstruction of seafloor terrain allows us to create a “digital cast” of the seafloor on a human scale, and makes these remote places intuitively understandable.

Poster TsunamiforschungFoto: SciComLab

Speaker Dr. Tom Kwasnitschka

Wischhofstraße 1-3, R. 8E/213
Phone: +49 431 600-2136
Telefax: +49 431 600-2924

Dr. Kwasnitschka received his PhD in Geology from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, and has been a researcher at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel since 2007. His research focuses on robotic exploration of deep ocean environments, particularly in the field of physical volcanology of seamounts, very deep explosive volcanism, and the temporal evolution of hydrothermal edifices. Further fields of his research are habitat mapping of cold and warm water coral as well as methane hydrate monitoring. He has pioneered the use of high-resolution 3D photogrammetric reconstruction of seafloor outcrops, develops camera and lighting systems to collect such data and has worked with imagery gathered by most major ROV and AUV systems. Tom also conducts research on the use of immersive virtual reality infrastructure to enhance telepresence at sea and visualize multimodal marine and seafloor data. He takes an active role in the popularization of such datasets throughout the international museum community.