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Scott Sweet

Volcano, HI, USA

Scott D. Sweet
PO Box 1094, Volcano, HI 96785


GIS Consultant - United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Self Employed, 02/2011 - Present
• Provide advice to multiple countries regarding maritime boundary delimitation and continental shelf delineation
• Write technical sections of States’ submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
• Create cartographic products demonstrating States’ claims to areas beyond the 200 nautical mile (M) economic zones
• Produce 3D fly-through workflows demonstrating States’ scientific proof of entitlement to areas beyond 200M
• Analyze multibeam/singlebeam echo sounder data and seismic reflection/sub-bottom profile data
• Lead teams of consultants (Geologists and Attorneys) in submission writing
• Train host country nationals and stakeholders in the use of appropriate GIS software
• Represent clients during offshore seismic and bathymetry survey missions

GIS Consultant - Geocap AS
Asia/Pacific Regional Representative, 06/2008 - 02/2011
• Provided technical support and on-location training for various customers
• Created and delivered presentations promoting Geocap capabilities at conferences and trade shows
• Contributed to user documentation and tutorials
• Tested software for bugs and provided feedback as an 'end user' while also suggesting improvements
• Managed quotes and license agreements for many clients around the globe

GIS Planner - Coastal Zone Management Program, American Samoa Department of Commerce
American Samoa, Tafuna 11/2007 – 06/2008
• Planned and implemented GIS activities for the US Territory
• Chaired the American Samoa inter-agency GIS user group
• Supervised GIS and IT technicians
• Executed cartographic production for the DoC

GIS Specialist - National Oceanic Resources Management Authority (NORMA)
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei 4/2007- 11/2007
• Served as FSM’s technical lead for submitting a territorial claim beyond the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone to the CLCS concerning the Ontong Java Plateau
• Reviewed and analyzed data relevant to the various submissions of FSM’s extended Continental Shelf
• Contributed to construction of continental shelf outer limit using Geocap 3D analytical software
• Performed analysis to establish the international boundary between the FSM and the USA (in respect to Guam)
• Submitted amendments to the boundary Treaty between FSM and PNG following review of the original Treaty
• Established a GIS sub-office within NORMA and trained staff to operate and maintain equipment

GIS Coordinator - United Nations World Food Program’s Joint Logistics Center
South Sudan, Juba 8/2006 - 2/2007
• Initiated and Coordinated Inter-Agency Data Working Group (IADWG) to determine a ‘Who What Where’ of roads information management in South Sudan
• Prioritized road data capture based on acquired data sets and IADWG information requirements
• Established a framework for the accumulation and maintenance of a centralized roads database at the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Transport and Roads
• Established GIS laboratory at the Ministry of Roads and Transport
• Launched a centralized procedure for reporting on progress of road rehabilitation projects throughout the region
• Created procedure for rapid road condition mapping based on structured data collected by UN and NGO field personnel
• Identified partner agencies and personnel for data capture training in state capitals
• Authored regularly updated maps including: Roads Assessment Status, Road Conditions and Practicability, Demining Priorities, and Infrastructure Rehabilitation Priorities

GIS Specialist - National Oceanic Resources Management Authority (NORMA)
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei 6/2005 - 7/2006
• Acted as GIS Adviser to FSM President, Joseph Urusemal for 2006 International Boundary Treaties with Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands
• Computed equidistance lines used in the International Boundaries between FSM - Palau, and FSM - Marshall Islands
• Created the annexes (maps) for the International Treaties between FSM - Palau and FSM - Marshall Islands
• Delimited all FSM Maritime zones (12M Territorial Seas, 24M Contiguous Zones, and 200M Exclusive Economic Zone)
• Established GIS capabilities in the NORMA office and trained three local permanent staff members
• Standardized all existing and new spatial data for maximum interoperability
• Designed template for and created territorial sea baseline charts

GIS Consultant - The Nature Conservancy
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei 6/2005 - 7/2006
• Calculated coral reef bio capacity for a fisheries consumption and sustainability study conducted by Dr. Kevin Rhodes
• Assessed TNC and partner organization’s GIS capabilities
• Presented recommendations for data collection procedures and training needs for TNC and partners
• Reestablished National environmental/conservation GIS program

GIS Trainer - College of Micronesia Center for Organizational Effectiveness
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei 6/2005 - 7/2006
• Designed customized GIS training program using Pohnpei Island specific data
• Facilitated two, two-week long GIS training workshops for Pohnpei State Government and commercial businesses
• Conducted follow up visitation at participating agencies to further assist with GIS capacity building

GIS Consultant - Micronesian Seminar
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei 3/2006 - 4/2006
• Created sequence of 3-D animations with ArcGlobe and ArcScene used in a documentary film about the use of technology in the Federated States of Micronesia

Consulting Biologist/GIS Specialist - Natural Resource Consultants
USA, California 9/2004 - 3/2005
• Contributed documentation to Environmental Impact Assessments
• Operated GIS and remote sensing tools to author cartographic products for final documents and presentations
• Researched California Natural Diversity and other databases to create critical habitat maps
• Generated detailed vegetation and on-site wildlife observation maps following field surveys utilizing GPS
• Surveyed for endangered and threatened plant and wildlife species
• Completed Desert Tortoise Council’s Desert Tortoise Handling Workshop

Program Assistant/GIS Analyst - Winrock International
USA, Virginia 2/2004 - 9/2004
• Managed GIS data for USAID funded projects in the Philippines
• Carbon sequestration field evaluations in Guinea, West Africa
• Provided expertise in fire related issues in regards to carbon sequestration projects
• Analyzed Ecosystem Services M3DADI (3D Analysis) imagery used in carbon measuring/monitoring projects
• Produced high quality maps for project proposals

Researcher - NASA Ames Research Center
USA, California 01/2003 - 04/2003
• Digital image processing of Duncan Tech and Kodak multi-spectral scanners mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
• Image classification and change analysis of coffee bean plantation in Kauai, Hawaii
• Reported vegetation change analysis for selected fields in coffee plantation

GIS Analyst and Software Technician - Clark Labs
USA, Massachusetts 9/2002 - 12/2003
• Operated Idrisi software to produce Normalized Difference Vegetation Indices and rainfall databases of Asian countries for a World Food Protection contract
• Tested Idrisi geographic analysis and image processing software in preparation for release of Kilimanjaro version, April 2003

Cartographic Technician - Cape Cod National Seashore
USA, Massachusetts 6/2003-12/2003
• Utilized ArcGIS and ArcScene with LIDAR data to analyze shoreline change and dune profiles
• Created maps with ArcGIS depicting vegetation change and layers of interest for public interpreters
• Trained field staff in use of professional grade Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers
• Employed GPS and GIS software to assist park biologists with mapping salt marsh and wetlands restoration sites
• Researched land ownership with master deeds lists and updated parcel data

Biological Science Technician (Plant Ecology) - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
USA, Arizona 9/2000-8/2002
• Utilized GPS devises and GIS software for construction of maps and database information networks
• Trained and supervised 20+ volunteers in GPS navigation and invasive species identification and management
• Concerted efforts with Federal Highways associates on revegetation plan for proposed road development
• Organized work plan and supervised Youth Corps of Southern Arizona (YCOSA) employees
• Managed nursery operations and cultivated native species to restore natural habitat for revegetation plans
• Reviewed Volunteers In Parks (VIP) applications and hired new employees
• Executed wildlife management surveys for Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Desert Pupfish, and Underwood Mastiff bats using various monitoring techniques

Biologist - Harris Environmental Group INC
USA, Arizona 9/2001-8/2002
• Monitored endangered Sonoran Desert Pronghorn on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range
• Supported staff with plant species identification

Wildland Fire Fighter
USA, Oregon/Washington/California/Nevada/Arizona 6/1996-11/1996 and 5/2000-6/2004
• Classified as Wildland Fire Geographic Information Science Technical Specialist (GIST)
• Mastered use of engine pumps and fire fighting techniques used by fire suppression crews
• Teamed with hand crews and engine crews to contain numerous wildland fires

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) - Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
USA, Nevada 5/2000-8/2000
• Placed neck collars and leg-bands on Canada geese to determine wintering locations and survivorship
• Conducted surveys in four habitat types to gather data on migrating and breeding non-game bird species
• Banded song birds for the nationwide study, Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS)
• Monitored sensitive and endangered wildlife species and refuge habitats
• Operated and maintained small motorboats, airboats, and fire management equipment

Agroforestry Extension Officer - US Peace Corps
Kenya, Coast Province 5/1997-8/1999
• Trained Ministry of Agriculture officers, location counselors, administrative chiefs, local teachers and villagers to construct and maintain bio-gas devices
• Established more than 1,600 tree seedlings, focusing on indigenous species to provide endemic wildlife habitat
• Structured 4 lectures dealing with environmental conservation and cross cultural understanding to be delivered at local schools, community groups, and non-governmental organizations
• Evaluated reforestation project proposals from local groups to the British High Commission, and U.S. Peace Corps

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) - USDA Forest Service
USA, Chemult Ranger District, Winema NF 6/1996-11/1996
• Documented use of special habitat features by cavity nesting birds using Trimble professional grade GPS receivers
• Recorded nest status for sensitive wildlife species including Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Northern Spotted Owl, Great Grey Owls, Red Tail Hawks, and assisted biologists in survey efforts with amphibians and reptiles


Rhodes, K.L., Warren-Rhodes, K., Sweet, S., Helgenberger, M., Joseph, E., & Boyle, L. (2014) Marine ecological footprint indicates unsustainability of the Pohnpei (Micronesia) coral reef fishery. Environmental Conservation FirstView Article pp 1-9

Brown, S., A. Dushku, T. Pearson, D. Shoch, J. Winsten, S. Sweet, & J. Kadyszewski. (2004) Carbon Supply From Changes In Management of Forest, Range, and Agricultural Lands of California. Winrock International, for the California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research. Available online at


• Clark University, Worcester, MA - Graduate School of Geography/International Development, M.A. Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment - December 2003
• Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN - BSc Wildlife Science - June 1996
• Peace Corps Kenya - Agroforestry, cultural exchange, sustainable development, and Kiswahili - May 1997


2005 - Present
• Technical Adviser to Republic of Seychelles for their Northern Plateau Submission - Presently
• Maritime Zone Solutions Ltd. (MZSL) Client Rep. pertaining to Marine Scientific Surveys for Morocco - Presently
• Technical Adviser to Republic of Ecuador for Carnegie, Cocos and Colon Ridge submissions - Presently
• Project Lead and Technical Adviser to Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Eauripik Rise submission - Presently
• Technical Adviser to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Eauripik Rise and Mussau Ridge submissions - Presently
• Technical Adviser to US Department of State/NOAA US ECS Project- Feb - May 2016
• Technical Adviser to Federal Republic of Somalia for amendments to July 2014 submission - Jan 2015 - July 2016
• Technical Adviser to FSM, maritime boundary Treaty with PNG - 2006-2015
• Addressed questions posed by UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) pertaining to FSM/PNG/Solomon Islands (SI) Joint Submission for Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) and created presentation demonstrating response at the 36th session in New York - November 2014
• Presented details of the OJP Joint Submission in front of the CLCS at the 35th session in New York - August 2014
• Facilitated Article 76 technical training while aboard the R/V Orion on the high seas off Ecuador - May 2014
• Technical Adviser to FSM, maritime boundary Treaty with United States of America (Guam) – May 2014
• Created and co-presented the Eauripik Rise submission for FSM in front of the CLCS at the 34th session - March 2014
• Technical Adviser to PNG and FSM at tri-lateral meeting between PNG, FSM and Republic of Indonesia - May 2013
• Contributed to maps and analyses used in Republic of Kiribati's submission to the CLCS concerning the Line Islands group - December 2012 (
• Created technical presentation for United Republic of Tanzania's submission to the CLCS, 30th session - August, 2012
• Created and co-presented technical demonstration for Cook Islands in front of CLCS at the 29th session - April, 2012
• Created and co-presented technical demonstration for Republic of Maldives' submission to the CLCS at the 27th session - March, 2011
• Technical Adviser to PNG and FSM at Pacific regional workshop in Sydney, Australia- July, 2011
• Proposed and presented budget for the Eauripik Rise submission to FSM Congress - November, 2010
• Technical Adviser to PNG and FSM at Pacific regional workshop in Sydney, Australia- November, 2010
• Created maps and figures for UNEP (GRID-Arendal) Desktop Study pertaining to West Africa - May - July, 2010
• Created and co-presented technical demonstration for FSM/PNG/SI Joint Submission concerning OJP to the CLCS at the 25th session - April, 2010
• Presented state of affairs for maritime boundaries and continental shelf claims to FSM Congress - August 2009
• Served as FSM Technical Lead and assisted in delivery of the Joint Submission to the CLCS concerning the OJP by the FSM, PNG and SI - April 2009 (
• Created maps for and submitted the Preliminary Information Document (PID) to the CLCS on behalf of the FSM - April, 2009 ( )
• Created maps for and submitted Papua New Guinea PID - April 2009 (
• Adviser to FSM for boundary Treaties with Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands, signed June 2006
• Delimited all FSM Maritime zones (12M, 24M, and 200M EEZ) - December, 2005

UNCLOS Training Facilitator:
• Sri Lanka - October, 2017
• Benin/Togo - September, 2017
• Canada - May, 2017
• USA (Department of State) - May, 2016
• Morocco - September, 2015
• Colombia - August, 2015
• Ecuador - May, 2014 and December, 2015
• Vanuatu - February, 2011
• Fiji - December, 2010
• Maldives - August, 2010
• Tanzania (in Houston, Texas) - November, 2009
• USA (NOAA) - October, 2009
• Vanuatu - October, 2009
• Norway (with participants from Brazil, Fiji, Mozambique, Norway) - September, 2009
• Tanzania (in Houston, Texas) - February, 2009
• Namibia (with participants from Angola, Cape Verde, Cote de I'voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leon, and Togo) - September/October, 2008
• Seychelles - September, 2008
• Norway (with participants from Australia, Korea, Norway, Portugal, South Africa) - August, 2008
• Mozambique - June, 2008

Geocap Shelf/UNCLOS Presentations:
• Malaysia (with participants from Petroliam Nasional Berhad [Petronas] and Searie - April, 2012
• Philippines (included Shelf, Seafloor and Geocap Interpretation Machine) - August, 2010
• Australia (with participants from GeoScience Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SOPAC), Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) - February, 2010
• Norway (Geocap User Seminar in Oslo) "Geocap in the Pacific Islands"- September, 2009
• Australia (with participants from GeoScience Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, SOPAC, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) - February, 2009
• Australia (with participants from GeoScience Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, SOPAC, Tonga,) - November, 2008
• Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) in Namibia (with participants from Angola, Cape Verde, Cote de I'voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leon, and Togo) - September/October, 2008
• 33rd International Geological Congress in Oslo, Norway (Geocap booth) - August, 2008

Scott Sweet

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