Images, data, theories. These things make up your scientific currency. But, in order to recognize their real value as assets, you need a way to effectively organize, access and share them. That's where System Science Applications comes in. Whether you are a single user, or a large collaborative workgroup, we can help.

Simply stated, System Science Applications data and asset management solutions offer much of the same high-end functionality of more expensive GIS solutions, but at an affordable price, and with simple implementation and comprehensive support services.

With our staff of reknowned oceanographic scientists and highly experienced computer specialists, System Science Applicatons understands the GIS environment like no other company. Our solutions work the way scientific professionals work while offering managerial controls that meet both the rigorous business demands of collaborative workgroups as well as maintaining the ease-of-use required for the single user.



Dr. Dale Kiefer

Dr. Kiefer, who obtained his doctorate in biological oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is a Professor of Biology at USC. He has published over 75 papers in the fields of marine microbiology and optics and has obtained 3 U.S. patents for inventions in optical instrumentation and wave damping floats. He has worked extensively on water quality monitoring, plankton models, remote sensing, and marine conservation.


Daniel P. Harrison, B.E.

Daniel is an engineer from Australia and member of the Ocean Technology Group at the University of Sydney. His work with OTG included an engineering thesis on a high resolution underwater sonar that was under development by the Royal Australian Navy, and work on enhancing carbon storage in the oceans by new technologies including Ocean Nourishment, and Ocean Alkalinity Shift. As a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California he focused on GIS applications in research and management for both fisheries and aquaculture. His interests include the tuna species of Pacific Ocean and shark species of the California Current System. He is a key member of the development team for SSA's Pelagic Habitat Analysis Module.


Frank O'Brien

Frank, who obtained his master's degree in Mathematics specializing in Statistics from the University of Vermont, is the Director of Software Engineering for System Science Applications. He is software architect and designer with over 45 years experience in the field of software analysis and design. He collaborated in the development of the first version of EASy software. In addition to this, he provides a continuous supply of elegant tools for the analysis and visualization of geographic information for use in SSA's many environmental and engineering projects.


Dr. Jack Rensel
Collabrator, Rensel Associates Aquatic Science Consultants

Jack Rensel is a leading expert in aquaculture research and environmental issues. He was responsible for much of the basic research and analysis that led to the first federally-sanctioned state permits for net pen aquaculture in the U.S. Dr. Rensel conducts research on current aquaculture and food web topics, including the beneficial food web aspects of optimally sited commercial net pens, which constitutes a new frontier for further exploration using promising tools such as stable isotope analysis. With NOAA, USDA and industry support, he has been a partner with the AquaModel team in developing, testing and validating the comprehensive water column and benthic effects GIS-model for salmon or other fish species net pens that may be used for a single farm or array of farms throughout an entire coastal region. Dr. Rensel works on projects in North and South America, the Caribbean Sea, South East Asia and in other locations worldwide.

Dr. Rensel is a recognized international expert on harmful algal bloom dynamics and has been involved in development and testing of mitigation strategies for farmed and wild stocks. He was lead author of a recent publication explaining how harmful blooms were strongly linked to extreme interannual variation of Fraser River sockeye salmon marine survival over the past 20 years found here.

As principal of Rensel Associates Aquatic Sciences, he has written more than twenty peer-reviewed articles or book chapters and hundreds of technical reports. His clients include the largest seafood processing and distribution firm and the largest fish farming companies owned and operated in the U.S. He is also a consultant to Earth Justice Hawaii on water and sediment quality issues.

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