Monday, August 2, 2010

ICAN-Great Lakes - Madison, WI - September 13-15

An International Coastal Atlas Network meeting focusing on the Great Lakes will be held from September 13-15, 2010 at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. The meeting will bring together people who are interested in developing Coastal Web Atlases (CWAs) and linking them to analyze coastal issues at a broader scale.

The International Coastal Atlas Network serves a global reference for the development of CWAs. The Great Lakes meeting will be the fifth ICAN meeting since 2006. Previous meetings were held in Ireland, Oregon, Denmark, and Italy.

The ICAN-Great Lakes meeting will open on the afternoon of Monday, September 13th with an overview of ICAN and CWAs and will feature a showcase of mature coastal atlases with a focus on their impacts. The morning of the second day will explore use cases for interoperable coastal atlases, addressing topics such as marine spatial planning and climate adaptation. The afternoon will focus on building regional/thematic networks of coastal atlases and will explore how CWAs relate to initiative such as the Digital Coast and the Integrated Ocean Observing System. The afternoon session will also include a demonstration of integration of Great Lakes data from distributed sources to support decision-making. The technical session on the morning of Wednesday, September 15th provides training on implementing interoperable web map services and catalogs for CWAs led by Tom Kralidis of Environment Canada. There is a separate registration fee for this session and space is limited.

More information about the ICAN-Great Lakes meeting (including registration and lodging information) can be found at