Lakebed 2030 Conference



Let’s dive in!

Virtual Conference | Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2021 | Free

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Photos of the process of lakefloor mapping

What will it take to map the lakes at high-density?

This fall, join other professionals in science and research, policy, government, and industry to:

  • Focus on Great lakes marine mapping and bathymetry data.
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lake bed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.

Momentum continues to build behind Lakebed 2030, the initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-density. This past year, partners across sectors continued to connect around the goals of  mapping new areas, sharing data, and building a free, publicly accessible, highly detailed map.

With only 5% of the lakefloor mapped at high-density, there is a lot of exciting work to be done. This year’s conference theme is “Let’s dive in!” and will help connect leaders dedicated to the Lakebed 2030 vision.

Choose from five dynamic presentation tracks:

  • Technology
  • Mapping
  • Habitats and Fisheries
  • Coastal
  • Archeology and Geology

Call for Presenters: Conference organizers are seeking proposals for presentation and student lightning talks.  Abstracts are due by July 30, 2021. Submit a presentationSubmit a student proposal for lightning talks

Featuring keynote speakers Geneviève Béchard from the Canadian Hydrographic Service and Nicole Raineault from Ocean Exploration Trust:

Keynote speakers Geneviève Béchard and Nicole Raineault

Instead of collecting a registration fee, participants are to pledging their support. There is a wide spectrum of need to support the 2030 goal, including access to previously collected data, technology advancements to improve survey efficiency, coordinated survey planning, and funding.

When registering, please consider the following pledge themes and select one. The organizers would like to highlight your contributions and use them in a  plan of action for 2022.

  • Data: Do you have lakebed information in storage that you’d like to share? To support the “map  once, use many times” motto, our goal is to share lake mapping data with centralized repositories, such as NCEI and Digital Coast.
  • Technology: Are you a developer or technologist who wants to help build mapping capacity?  We need your help to make the most of every survey mile.
  • Future mapping projects: Planning and prioritizing new data needs is an iterative (but essential!) process. We are encouraging partners to share their mapping requirements and plans and solicit any information on partner priorities and previously collected data in the area of interest.
  • Funding: Would you consider funding projects to accelerate mapping progress?


Presented by

Logos of the conference sponsors

Consulate General of the United States, Toronto | NOAA | Marine Technology Society | Great Lakes Observing System | The Marine Center at Northwestern Michigan College | Waterlution | The Hydrographic Society of America  | This event is free, thanks to a grant from the Consulate General of the United States, Toronto.

Photos from the Lakebed 2030 Conference

The 2019 conference was held in-person at Northwestern Michigan College.


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