It Is on the Web

It Is on the Web

"It is on the Web" has become one of the most common responses that I hear whenever I ask for information about almost anything. The only problem with this has to be where on the Web? Typing the word ...

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Fixing the Future
geospatial

Fixing the Future

As the Gulf coast of the USA recovers, and preparation to rebuild progresses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the nexus between science and management will be crucial to informed coastal decisio...

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Doubtful Sound
Survey

Doubtful Sound

Some twenty years ago I was involved in a re-survey of Doubtful Sound, in the isolated Fiordland area of New Zealand. The existing chart dated from 1851 but was adequate for the small fishing vessels ...

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Worldwide High-resolution Bathymetry

Worldwide High-resolution Bathymetry

GOMaP, the Global Ocean Mapping Project, was a plan to methodically map all the world's oceans by multi-beam sonar. It may be stalled, but swath mapping of the oceans is certainly proceeding at a bris...

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Cat A Hydro or Cat A Carto
IHO

Cat A Hydro or Cat A Carto

For many years we have been familiar with the term ‘Cat A’ or ‘Cat B’, referring respectively to International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) A...

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Keeping Up With Technology
Training

Keeping Up With Technology

The academic institution I work with recently acquired a multi-beam echo sounder system for the purpose of training undergraduate students. Moreover postgraduate students can also use the system as pa...

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Pathways to Professionalism
surveyor

Pathways to Professionalism

Over the last few years it has become apparent to many in our profession that some form of recognised formal career development, above and beyond an initial degree or course of study, is becoming more...

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Hydrography by the State
Tide

Hydrography by the State

Legislation varies from country to country, with respect to the definition of the maritime, fluvial and lacustrine spaces administered by the state. In general, the sea floor and the water column are ...

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A Top-down Approach
navigation

A Top-down Approach

Many international organisations and individuals have been aware of the dire need for the improvement of navigational services to shipping in many parts of the developing world. The lack of these serv...

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