Joe Avis

Joseph Avis received his BSc in Physical Geography before completing his MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, in 2017 and 2018 respectively. His MSc thesis was about researching the impact of suspended sediment on mangrove forests through remote sensing data. In 2018, Joseph joined ARGANS as a Junior Earth Observation Scientist where he worked on a range of Earth Observation projects. Joseph has since taken on the role of Technical Lead of ARGANS Satellite Derived Bathymetry projects working with ESA and a national hydrographic agency where he manages a small production team split between Plymouth,... (read more)
2020-09-07 09:11:03

Inge van den Meiracker

Inge van den Meiracker is a MSc graduate student in Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA). During her six-month research internship at Archipelagos, she focused on using GIS and remote sensing as a solution for effective marine conservation strategies. (read more)
2020-08-04 09:09:58

Mapping the Subsea Forests of the Mediterranean

Reviewing Remote Sensing Image Classification Techniques for Accurate Seagrass Mapping
What is the best image classification technique to optimize maps so that effective action can be taken to conserve seagrass meadows? The distribution of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows has been mapped by a combination of remote sensing techniques, geographical information systems (GIS) and sonar data. A fundamental, but challenging, part of this methodology is the remote sensing image classification. This article presents a review of different image classification techniques to optimise the final maps, so that effective action can be taken to conserve seagrass meadows. The degradation of P. oceanica seagrass meadows is a major concern as these marine ecosystems... (read more)
2020-08-04 09:03:05

EMODnet Bathymetry Now Offers Highest Resolved Bathymetric Worldwide Layout

Bathymetry, the topography of the seafloor, is a fundamental feature of the ocean. Accurate bathymetric data is the foundation for much of ocean science and policy. For example, nautical charts are based on these data to ensure safe ship navigation and bathymetric maps allow scientists to develop more accurate models to investigate the effects of climate change on the environment. EMODnet’s new World Base Layer Service (EBWBL) provides fast and easy access to worldwide bathymetric information, enabling marine knowledge users including industry, scientists, coastal managers, students and the general public to access high-resolution representations of seabed features from their own... (read more)
2020-07-07 08:34:25

Jesse Varner

Jesse Varner has been a GIS specialist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Boulder, Colorado for 12 years. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, and is interested in geospatial web services, interactive web maps, and cartography. (read more)
2020-06-02 09:19:13

This is NOAA’s Plan for Deep Ocean Mapping of US Waters

Identifying and Filling Gaps in Bathymetric Coverage Deeper Than 200m
NOAA is using a systematic approach to map all US waters in support of Seabed 2030 objectives and to contribute to the complete mapping of the world’s oceans in the next ten years. Mapping within US waters is a national goal that will only be accomplished through strong coordination and partnerships with other federal agencies, academia and the private sector. The Nippon Foundation - General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Seabed 2030 project has revitalized international and national interest in ocean floor mapping (Smith, 2018). Across US oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes waters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... (read more)
2020-06-02 08:59:56

OceanWise Releases Innovative Global Raster Chart Dataset

OceanWise, the leading UK-based supplier of Intelligent Marine and Coastal Mapping Data is pleased to announce the release of its Global Raster Chart dataset of the world's oceans: ‘Raster Chart XL Oceans’. RCXL Oceans is a new fast service that is widely accessible using most GIS software. It is perfect for those practitioners and decision makers looking to add a familiar authoritative mapping source to their business proposals, GIS projects and Web Mapping Applications. OceanWise operations manager Caroline Levey commented: “We are really proud to be launching this extension to our mapping range and firmly believe that Raster Charts XL... (read more)
2020-05-28 01:31:10

“Tharp Helped Keep Me Going”

How a Treasure Map Led Her to the Bottom of the Sea
"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 mapping and spatial analytics software. But a fictional pirate and a pioneering ocean explorer helped her chart her course. I grew up in the Hawaiian Islands, so the ocean has always been a sacred place to me. My summers included many hours spent in the waves, and ample time for reading. The book that captured my imagination above all others was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. One of the central anchors of the... (read more)
2020-05-26 08:47:55

AI Making Waves in the Maritime Field

Andy Hoggarth’s role at the helm of BD at CARIS is to understand trends in the business space industry as it evolves and to translate these from idea to product. Given the spectrum of his expertise, he reflects on the current state of play and future possibilities for the fields of hydrography, marine geomatics and ocean science. He shares his insights on current and future trends in the field, articulating the value of artificial intelligence (AI) in reducing costs and processing time whilst increasing data accuracy and quality. How AI Can Help Businesses Everyone is inundated with data these days,... (read more)
2020-04-02 10:35:43

Carol Fisher

Carol Fisher is a partner in TCarta Caribe and serves as Programme Manager and Lead Hydrographer in the Kingston office. Born and raised in Jamaica, she worked most recently as a Senior Hydrographer at the Jamaican National Land Agency. She holds a degree in Land Surveying/GIS and is a Certified Hydrographer at Category B level, and has over 19 years’ extensive experience working on hydrographic programmes in Jamaica. (read more)
2020-03-18 09:55:22
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