“Tharp Helped Keep Me Going”

“Tharp Helped Keep Me Going”

"It wasn’t always easy being a black woman in my early days as an oceanographer,” says Dawn Wright, chief scientist at a worldwide operating company specialized in mapp...

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Seabed 2030 Needs Your Data

Seabed 2030 Needs Your Data

On 20 February this year, the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project became operational. Its task: to finish mapping the 84% of our oceans still unmapped. Simultaneously an 18...

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From Products to Data Services

From Products to Data Services

When looking at the classic work of Hydrographic Offices (HOs), the most prominent outputs had been navigational charts – either printed or as ENCs – and other products...

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The Difference One Year Makes

The Difference One Year Makes

In June 2016, the IHO/IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee and the Nippon Foundation hosted F-FOFM, the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in Monaco. Over three days, some 170 ocean mappi...

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Sea Vision

Sea Vision

For most of my naval career, senior colleagues bemoaned the curse of sea blindness, a perception that increased in volume around the time of government reviews of defence and the i...

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Hydro2016 – Preparing for the Future

Hydro2016 – Preparing for the Future

The hydrographic world gathered in Rostock-Warnemünde for the Hydro 2016 event from 8 to 10 November. The German Hydrographic Society DHyG hosted this event for the second tim...

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On the Cusp of A New Hydrographic Era

On the Cusp of A New Hydrographic Era

I became director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in late August, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to take the helm at this dynamic time in hydrographic history. We ar...

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What’s in A Name?

What’s in A Name?

Research vessels are a huge investment. They are developed to meet current standards and even move the bar as they are also a national showcase of science and technology. The Unite...

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What About the Other 88%?

What About the Other 88%?

Despite the last decade’s flurry of UNCLOS ECS mapping, the amount of the oceans surveyed remains around 12%. The continuing search for the MH370 wreckage emphasises our scan...

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Promoting the Blue ­Economy Concept

Promoting the Blue ­Economy Concept

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) recently held its 25th Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16 to 21 June 2014. Commission 4, focusing on hydrography, was well...

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Mapping Inspired by the Imagination

Mapping Inspired by the Imagination

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Australian National Library in Canberra to view the exhibition ‘Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia’. This exhi...

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