Opening up the Seas
seafloor

Opening up the Seas

The resolution of object detection in the world’s oceans has increased exponentially during the past century, supporting engineering design of complex seafloor structures and leading to new sci...

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A Retrospective View

A Retrospective View

Surveying Extremes - the Southern Frontier - Extending the Geographic and Technological Boundaries, is the theme for the first HYDRO conference ever down under in New Zealand, in the city of Christchu...

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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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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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Calling All ECDIS Stakeholders
ECDIS

Calling All ECDIS Stakeholders

The IMO is considering a phased programme to make the carriage of ECDIS compulsory. This could mean that certain vessels be required to carry ECDIS from as early as 2008. In my view, this is the key t...

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The Use and Misuse of Nautical Charts
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The Use and Misuse of Nautical Charts

My colleague Peter Johnson presented a paper at this year’s Canadian Hydrographic Conference explaining how Australia is implementing Zones of Confidence in its charts. The Zones of Confidence (ZOC)...

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"Joined-up Hydrography"
Hydrography

"Joined-up Hydrography"

With the launch of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) later this year we bid a fond farewell to The Hydrographic Society (THS). Earlier this year, I attended the EGM of The ...

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The New Role of JHOD
Nautical charts

The New Role of JHOD

It has been long years since Japan started the hydrographic organisation now called Japan Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department, JHOD, in 1872. The primary functions of the organisation have not b...

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Regulations in Chapter V of SOLAS
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Regulations in Chapter V of SOLAS

There are three new elements of hydrographic importance contained in Chapter V of SOLAS which will increase safety at sea; the provision of hydrographic services, the definition of nautical charts and...

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