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Marine Engineering and Technology

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Come onboard one of the region’s premier experimental aquatic technology centers with the Marine Engineering and Technology research team.

Researchers at the Great Lakes Research Center use their superior location to their advantage. Standing on the shore of the Keweenaw Waterway—just a short sail from the waters of Lake Superior—the Center provides the perfect hub for full-scale field research in experimental coastal hydrodynamics. Our activities encompass a wide variety of research programs, ranging from long-term coastal erosion monitoring to assessment of offshore wind energy potential.

Our host of analytical tools, sub-surface vehicles, and fleet of surface research and survey vessels also play an important role in our research.

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  • Shoreline evolution prediction
  • Algae plume transport and circulation
  • Forensic analysis of aquatic accident sites
  • Development of predictive models for the Great Lakes
  • Turbulent marine boundary layer measurements and analysis
  • Fate and transport prediction of biological and passive constituents
  • Underwater vehicles and autonomous control.

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  • Impact of wind, waves, and ice on offshore structures and coastal instrumentation
  • Development of deep lake cabled observatories
  • Navigation of under-ice vehicles

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery.

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