Past GeoHab Conferences

Venice, Italy

GeoHab 2022 was held in Venice Italy and hosted by CNR-ISMAR and held at the Venice International University, San Servolo Island from the 16th till the 20th May.

Conference Program

Conference Abstracts

1st Circular

2nd Circular

Saint-Gilles, La Réunion

GeoHab 2023 was held from May 8 to 12 2023 in Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, La Réunion, France. The conference was co-hosted by the French national research institute on sustainable development IRD and the South African Council of Geoscience.

The symposium Website with the program and the proceedings can be found here.

The 2024 annual conference was held in Arendal – Norway. For more details: GeoHab 2024.

Helsinki, Finland

GeoHab 2011 was held 3 – 6 May 2011 in Helsinki, Finland. The conference was hosted by the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK, on the premises of GTK at Betonimiehenkuja 4, Espoo, and located in the city of Espoo in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
The main focus of the conference was the Development of New Methodologies to Map the Marine Environment in Support of Sustainable Ocean Management.

The scientific themes of GeoHab 2011 conference were:

  • Habitat mapping of shallow seas
  • Scale and variability in habitat distribution and diversity
  • Habitat mapping serving ecosystem based management
  • Advances in optical remote sensing of marine habitats

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online) (PDF)
Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Orcas Island, Washington, USA

GeoHab 2012 – Eleventh International Symposium

The 2012 GeoHab conference was held 1 – 4 May on Orcas Island. This island is the largest of the San Juan Islands, lying in the Salish Sea (comprising the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound) between the coast of the state of Washington, USA, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Conference Agenda (PDF)
Conference Proceedings & Abstracts (PDF)

Rome, Italy

GeoHab 2013 – Twelfth International Symposium

The 2013 GeoHab conference was held 6-10 May in Rome, Italy organized by the Geological Survey of Italy – ISPRA Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale at the CNR (National Research Council) Headquarters.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Program (PDF)


Lorne, Australia

GeoHab 2014 – Fourteenth International Symposium

GeoHab 2014 was held in Lorne, Australia from the 5th to the 9th of May.

Co-convenors: Daniel Ierodiaconou and Scott Nichol.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Timelapse video

1st Circular

2nd Circular

Business Meeting (PDF) (docx)


More information is available on the GEOHAB 2014 website

Salvador Bahia, Brazil

GeoHab 2015 – 15th International Symposium

GeoHab 2015 will be held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, from the 3th to the 8th of May.


Alex Bastos (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Helenice Vital (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
José Maria Landim Dominguez (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil)
Tereza Araújo (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)

1st Circular

2nd Circular

Business Meeting Minutes

Accepted papers

Winchester, England

GeoHab 2016 – 16th International Symposium

The GeoHab 2016 annual conference will be held for the first time in England in the historic city of Winchester, from the 2nd to the 6th of May.


Tim Le Bas (National Oceanography Centre, UK)
Markus Diesing (Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science., UK)
Heather Stewart (British Geological Survey, UK) Kerry Howell (University of Plymouth)

1st Circular

2nd Circular

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Business Meeting Minutes

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

GeoHab 2017 – 17th International Symposium

The GeoHab 2017 annual conference was held for the first time in Nova Scotia, Canada at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Waterfront Campus from Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 5, 2017.

1st Circular

2nd Circular



Workshop Agenda

Business Meeting Minutes

More information on GEOHAB 2017 website


GeoHab 2018 – 18th International Symposium

The GeoHab 2018 annual conference was held in Santa Barbara California Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11, 2018.


Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

1st Circular

2nd Circular


In 2019 the GeoHab conference was held in St. Petersburg and hosted by the Russian Geological Research Institute

For GeoHab 2021 the GeoHab community has adopted the concept of “nodal” conferences within adjacent time zones around the world. The world is covered in three GeoHab Nodal Conferences: The Americas, Europe, and Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. More details can be found on the dedicated GeoHab 2021 web pages.


Conference Agenda & Abstracts:

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Moss Landing, California, USA

GeoHab 2002 was held 1-3 May 2002 at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, California, USA. The conference was organized by a team lead by Gary Greene, Joe Bizzarro and Isabelle Herbert of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

The themes of the conference included instrumentation, techniques and processing, mapping case histories, classification schemes, and applications and policy.

Sponsors included Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Thales Geosolutions (Pacific) Inc., and Triton Elics International.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)
Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Hobart, Tasmania

GeoHab 2003 was held 30 April – 2 May 2003 at the CSIRO Marine Laboratories in Hobart, Tasmania. The conference was organized by a team led by Peter Harris (Geoscience Australia) and Alan Butler (CSIRO Marine Laboratories).

The theme of the conference was Geological Mapping of Habitats for Marine Resources and Management.

Sponsors included the Geoscience Australia, CSIRO Marine Laboratories and the National Oceans Office.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)
Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Galway, Ireland

GeoHab 2004 was held 5-7 May 2004 at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway, Ireland. The conference was organized by a team lead by Anthony Grehan and Colin Brown of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The major themes of the conference were the Irish National Seabed Survey, seabed classification schemes, and a common habitat mapping approach.

The meeting was jointly sponsored by the Irish Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)
Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

GeoHab 2005 was held 4-7 May 2005 at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. The conference was organized by team lead by Vaughn Barrie and Kim Conway of the Geological Survey of Canada.

The theme of the conference was Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping for Ocean Management.

Sponsors included the Geological Survey of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Fugro Pelagos Inc., and Quester Tangent Corporation.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)
Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

GeoHab 2006 Edinburgh, Scotland , United Kingdom
GeoHab 2006 was held 3-6 May 2006 at the Apex International Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the shadow of Edinburgh castle. The conference was organized by team lead by Alan Stevenson and Heather Stewart of the British Geological Survey.

The theme of the conference was Regional Marine Habitat Mapping Influencing Marine Policy and Resource Development.

Sponsors included the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online) (PDF)

Nouméa, New Caledonia

GeoHab 2007 was held 2-5 May 2007 at the L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Nouméa, New Caledonia. The conference was organized by Yves Lafoy (Direction de l’industrie, des mines et de l’énergie de Nouvelle-Calédonie) and his team.

The theme of the conference was Marine Benthic Habitats of the Pacific and Other Oceans: Status, Use and Management.

Sponsors included IRD, the Government of New Caledonia, the Circum-Pacific Council, SOPAC (Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission), and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Sitka, Alaska, USA

GeoHab 2008 was held 29 April to 2 May at Harrington Centennial Hall in Sitka, Alaska. The conference was organized by Cleo Brylinski (Alaska Department of Fish and Game), Tory O’Connell, Jennifer Reynolds (University of Alaska) and their team.

The theme of the conference was Deep-sea Marine Benthic Habitats and High-seas Marine Protected Areas.

Sponsors included the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the University of Alaska, and the Circum-Pacific Council.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (PDF)

Trondheim, Norway

GeoHab 2009 was held 5–8th May 2009 in Trondheim, Norway, at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU). The conference was organized by Terje Thorsnes, Kim Picard, Margaret Dolan (Geological Survey of Norway), Pål Buhl-Mortensen (Institute of Marine Research, Norway), Kari Nygaard (Institute for Water Research, Norway), and Ingrid Bysveen (Directorate for Nature Management, Norway).

The themes of the conference were

  • Linking geology and biology – new developments in the use of proxies for ecosystem characterization
  • Acoustic and statistical methods for substrate and biota classification and modeling
  • Arctic habitats and climate change
  • Broad-scale perspectives and case studies

Sponsors of GeoHab 2009 were the Geological Survey of Norway, Fugro and Lundin Petroleum, in cooperation with the Geological Society of Norway and the Nordic Association for Hydrology. Abstracts appearing on this website are also published as:

Thorsnes, T., and Picard, K. (Editors), 2009. 8th International Conference, GeoHab–Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping. NGF (Norsk Geologisk Forening) Abstracts and Proceedings of the Geological Society of Norway, Number 2, 87 p.

Conference Abstracts (PDF)
Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Wrap Up Discussion (PDF)

Wellington, New Zealand

GeoHab 2010 was held 4–7 May 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand, at the beautiful and historic Wellington Town Hall. The conference was organized by Geoffroy Lamarche (Convener and Chair of Committees), with the able assistance of a local organizing committee of fourteen and a scientific committee of ten. The overall theme of the conference was Characterization, Quantification and Diversity of Extreme Habitats.

There were sixteen sponsoring companies/institutions of GeoHab 2010. Two “gold” sponsors were Kongsberg Maritime and the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities – Australian Marine Biodiversity Research Hub. Support and financial contributions from sponsors and exhibitors enabled GeoHab 2010 to enjoy the excellent venue and a diverse social program.

From the Mihimihi (traditional Maori welcome) to the successful post-conference field trip, GeoHab 2010 provided attendees a glimpse of New Zealand and its culture as well as the opportunity to hear about and discuss outstanding marine scientific research.

Abstracts appearing on this website were published as:
Lamarche, G. (Editor), 2010. Programme and abstracts, GeoHab 2010, Wellington, New Zealand, 157 p.

Conference Agenda & Abstracts (online)
List of Participants (PDF)
Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)