PhD, Oceanography, Dalhousie University BSc, University of British Columbia Selected Professional Courses: Ham radio, VHF marine radio, HF radar, remote sensing
Brian Whitehouse spent his youth sailing the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His first professional adventure on the high seas came after graduation from university, when he became the oceanographer aboard coast guard ships sailing the Pacific Ocean. This lead to a PhD in oceanography, an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in Germany, and an oceanographic development project in Jamaica, where he developed a keen interest in the Caribbean Sea. His inaugural use of spaceborne sensors to address coastal habitat issues occurred during this period.
The tragic events of 9/11 drew Dr. Whitehouse into the field of maritime security, as it pertains to meteorology and oceanography (METOC). But prior to this, he held the position of executive director at the Alliance for Marine Remote Sensing Association. He left the Alliance to launch OEA Technologies Incorporated, but not before expanding it to approximately 800 members in 40 countries.
This experience provided exceptional insight into advantages, disadvantages and interrelations between platforms and sensors that monitor the marine environment. In 2010, Dr. Whitehouse returned his interests to marine monitoring, forecasting and ocean governance issues within small-island developing states, as they pertain to climate change adaptation and maritime operations. In 2012, for example, he led a six-person consulting team in the design of a marine monitoring and forecasting system for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. The project required Dr. Whitehouse to travel extensively within the Eastern Caribbean, interacting with approximately 80 individuals representing 49 Caribbean government departments, agencies, non-government organisations and academia.
Presently, as the company's principal consultant, Dr. Whitehouse holds overall responsibility for all corporate activities at OEA Technologies Incorporated.