2018 Programme

CTNW 2018: Frontiers of Exploration

Organised in association with The Explorers Club

This full day forum will examine the role technology has played in man’s ability to explore environments on the seafloor, in the oceans, over the oceans and into space, as well as casting a look at how emerging technology might make ‘waves’ for ocean exploration, over the next few decades. Engaging, visual but also technical presentations are the order of the day.

Full programme will be made available in January.

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Gordon Campbell

    Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of EO Programmes, European Space Agency

    Gordon Campbell has been working for ESA since 1999 on defining and implementing actions to expand the uptake and use of Satellite Earth Observation data. This involved working on a range of public sector domains including environment, natural resources, law enforcement/ security and transport.

    Gordon Campbell is also working to expand the use of satellite derived information in the International Development context in partnership with entities such as World Bank, Global Environment Facility and Inter-American Development Bank.

    Examples include management of natural resources (eg fisheries surveillance, management of mining activities) and putting in place more efficient sustainable development approaches (eg planning and monitoring impacts of development projects on critical habitats and ecosystems).

    At the same time, he is working to effectively exploit new ICT developments (such as state of the art cloud based high performance computing capabilities with very large EO datasets) to effect a step change in the impact of using satellite derived information in Earth science and public policy support. Finally, Gordon has been working with countries as the join ESA to elaborate appropriate strategies for developing their national satellite Earth Observation capabilities, defining how these strategies fit with other national policies (eg environment, security, high technology development) and how to work within ESA Earth Observation programmes to complement other regional and international cooperation activities.

  • Dr Michael Gernhardt

    NASA Astronaut, Manager of Environmental Physiology Laboratory and Principle Investigator of Prebreath Reduction Program, Johnson Space Center

    From 1977 to 1984, Gernhardt worked as a professional deep sea diver and project engineer on a variety of sub sea oil field construction and repair projects around the world. He has logged over 700 deep sea dives and has experience in air, mixed gas, bounce bell and saturation diving. During his diving career Gernhardt attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and developed a new theoretical decompression model based on tissue gas bubble dynamics. He then participated in the development and field implementation of a variety of new decompression tables. From 1984 to 1988, Gernhardt worked as Manager and then Vice President of Special Projects for Oceaneering International. During this time he led the development of a telerobotic system for sub sea platform cleaning and inspection as well as a variety of new diver and robot tools. In 1988 he founded Oceaneering Space Systems, a company formed to transfer sub sea technology and operational experience to the ISS program. From 1988 until his selection by NASA in 1992, he worked on the development of new astronaut and robot-compatible tools for performing maintenance on Space Station Freedom. He also worked on the development of new portable life support systems and decompression procedures for extravehicular activity.

    Dr. Gernhardt was selected by NASA in March 1992, and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. Technical assignments to date include: flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); development of nitrox diving to support training for the Hubble Space Telescope repair and on a variety of Space Station EVA developments; member of the astronaut support team at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for Shuttle prelaunch vehicle checkout, crew ingress/egress; spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) at Mission Control Center, Houston, during various Shuttle missions; lead an international research team in developing a new exercise prebreathe protocol that improved the safety and efficiency of space walks from the ISS. Gernhardt presently serves as a member of the astronaut office EVA branch, Project Scientist of the EVA Physiology System and Performance Project (EPSP), Manager of JSC’s Environmental Physiology Laboratory, and Project Manager of the Small Pressurize Rover project.

    A four flight veteran, Dr. Gernhardt has logged over 43 days in space, including 4 spacewalks totaling 23 hours and 16 minutes. He was a mission specialist on STS-69 in 1995, STS-83 in 1997, STS-94 in 1997 and STS-104 in 2001. Additionally he was crewmember on the NEEMO (NASA Extreme Enviroment Mission Operations) One, and Commander of the NEEMO eight multi-day underwater missions. He also served as a submersible pilot on the Pavilion Lake Expedition focused on exploring a deep water lake in western Canada where unusual life forms called microbiolites have very recently been discovered.

  • Rory Golden

    Diver, Presenter, Explorer

    Rory Golden became the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS TITANIC, in August 2000. He was a member of an expedition that recovered 800 artefacts from nearly 4,000 metres. His dive took place in a MIR submersible, of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He brought a memorial plaque presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail, Cobh, to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland. He also spotted the main ship’s wheel which was recovered in the last fifteen minutes of his dive.

    He returned in August 2005, leaving two more memorial plaques from Belfast alongside this one. This expedition to the deep was broadcast as a documentary, “A Journey to Remember”, on BBC, Northern Ireland. The trip to the seabed takes two and a half hours, with a total journey time of 12 hours.

    MD of Virgin Records Ireland for 15 years, he founded his own business, Flagship Scubadiving Ltd, when he left the music industry after 25 years. This company supplies specialised equipment to Police, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Civil Defence, Fisheries and Search + Recovery units.

    He has been involved in diving since 1976, as instructor, commercial diver, as well as P.R.O. for the Irish Underwater Council, and a founder of the Irish Underwater Heritage Committee. He has climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, did a tandem freefall parachute jump from 13,500 feet for the ISPCC children’s charity (never again!) and set up Ireland’s first inland dive centre in a flooded slate quarry in Portroe, Tipperary. He is a regular hiker in Wicklow and Connemara.

    In March 2013 he was a member of the Bezos Expeditions F-1 Engine Recovery Project which recovered five Apollo Saturn F-1 rocket engines from 4200 metres in the North Atlantic, including the centre engine from Apollo 11. The team was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Explorers Club of New York, of which he is a member.

  • Kevin Hand

    Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Kevin P. Hand is a planetary scientist/astrobiologist at JPL working on numerical modelling and laboratory investigations concerning the physics and chemistry of icy moons in the outer solar system that harbour subsurface liquid water oceans. His speciality in the laboratory is the spectroscopy and spectrometry of radiation processed ices that simulate the surfaces of ice-covered moons of the outer solar system. In his role as Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Kevin helps guide JPL’s future for the robotic exploration of our Solar System. He helps design and determine the missions that will best address the key science questions pertaining to the origin and evolution of planets in our solar system. He has worked closely with NASA Headquarters and educated members of congress about the value of solar system exploration. Kevin was a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and he was part of a 2003 expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean. In 2011 he was selected as a National Geographic Explorer and his work was featured in the July 2014 issue of National Geographic.

  • Andone Lavery

    Associate Scientist with Tenure, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    Since 2002, Dr. Andone C. Lavery has been a Member of the Scientific Staff, Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Her research interests include high-frequency acoustic scattering and propagation in discrete and random media, developing physics-based acoustic scattering models for marine organisms and small scale fluid processes, performing laboratory measurements for validating scattering models, developing instruments and signal processing methods for ocean measurements of scattering from biologics and physical processes. Most recently, her research has focused on the acoustic characterization of organisms in the ocean Twilight Zone, the characterization and quantification buoyant estuarine plumes, and the adaptation of acoustic sensors to a variety of emerging ocean sensing platforms.

    Andone C. Lavery received the B.A. degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K., in 1991 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar from 1999 to 2001 with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Woods Hole, MA, and an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Ocean Acoustics Postdoctoral Fellow from 2001 to 2002, also at WHOI.

    Dr. Lavery is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a member of The Oceanography Society, IEEE and the American Physical Society. She has served for six years as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters and was awarded the Acoustical Society of America Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography in 2014. Andone was selected by the Oceanography Society as the 2017 recipient of the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea.

  • Mark Wood

    Chair, The Explorers Club Great Britain Chapter

    After serving in the British Army and then as a Firefighter in the Fire and Rescue Service Mark went on to train and lead teams for major polar and mountain expeditions. Operating in areas such as the Arctic circle, the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska - along with the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic Mark developed a passion for exploration.

    He has completed over 30 major expeditions around the world including a solo expedition to the South Geographic Pole followed directly by a 200 mile solo crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole which became part of a Channel 5 documentary. Additionally, he has crossed the horizontal Everest of the Canadian high arctic to the Geomagnetic Pole, twice, and supported the BBC Top gear team to the Magnetic North Pole.

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