Faculty Spotlight: Inga Zaitseva-Parnaste
|Meet coordinator of the hydrographic study program in Estonia and Visiting Fulbright Scholar.|
I am thrilled to join USM SOSE and to collaborate with the professionals in the field of hydrography, gain insights into the innovative methodologies in ocean mapping and navigation technologies. As the coordinator of the hydrographic study program in Estonia, I appreciate the opportunity to observe and participate in USM’s hydrographic science program as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar. This affords me the opportunity to learn in depth about their practices, which are recognized and well regarded by the International Hydrographic Organization.
My working experience includes periods in academy and industry. I had worked as a hydrographic surveyor at Boskalis BV, a world-leading dredging company, and was involved in different projects (such as creation of artificial islands for contaminated silt storage in the Netherlands, construction of a flood prevention facility complex in the Saint Petersburg (Russia) and the development of the Ras Laffan Port Expansion in Qatar). During my Ph.D. study, I served as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for hydrography and cartography introductory courses. My Ph.D. project in civil and environmental engineering.
“Wave climate and its decadal changes in the Baltic Sea derived from visual observations” continued my diploma and Master’s study research on identification of wave variations in Estonian coastal waters derived from historical observations. I participated in different national and regional projects dedicated to Baltic Sea research including a project on the reaction of the eastern Baltic Sea coasts to changing wave conditions and spatial and temporal variability of the Baltic Sea wave fields under changing climatic conditions. I travelled internationally as an awardee of a Marie Curie fellowship to develop my skills in statistic al analysis of visually observed wave properties in coastal areas, spending time at Sheffield University (School of Mathematics and Statistics) in the UK. Since completing my Ph.D. in 2013 I have been a lecturer/ senior lecturer/associate professor (Hydrography) and a coordinator of the study program (Waterway Safety Management) at Tallinn University of Technology with a heavy lecturing load and managerial responsibilities.
I have developed and delivered the following courses: Hydrographic Survey, Nautic al Cartography, Practical Training in Hydrography, Practical Training in Nautical Cartography. As a coordinator of the curriculum on Waterway Safety Management (Hydrography), I am responsible for developing, coordination and execution of the study program in hydrography at the undergraduate level, in accordance with International Hydrographic Organization standards. I am at USM as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar.
My research here is focused on the developing the methodology for improved seabed mapping in coastal areas. I also give lectures on Electronic Charting and Navigation for the undergraduate study program. I am thrilled to join USM SOSE and to collaborate with the professionals in the field of hydrography, gain insights into the innovative methodologies in ocean mapping and navigation technologies.
As a coordinator of the hydrographic study program, I appreciate the opportunity to
transfer practices of developing study programs that are recognized by International
Hydrographic Organizations to Estonia.
CURRENT PROJECTS AND FUNDING AGENCIES
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
“Channel maintenance planning in Estonia based on the analysis of bathymetric changes and vessel traffic density”
“The implementation of the International Hydrographic Organization S-100 data standard in Estonia”
“Analysis on interplay between the developments of the maritime sector and changes in environmental indicators”
The School of Ocean Science and Engineering is proud to salute you, Dr. Zaitseva-Parnaste,
for all of your work and dedication to your science!