Responsible Coastal Zone Management

Hydro International Interviews Ron Furness
The coastal zone is immensely important for humankind, marine and coastal spatial planning is a vital tool for planning and preserving the world’s coasts. Ron Furness, is a nautical cartographer, who has for a long time seen the potential added value of utilising GIS for the coastal zone and became one of the founding fathers of the CoastGIS conference series, being held this year for the tenth time in Ostend, Belgium. He speaks to Hydro International about the start of the series and the importance of geospatial data describing the edge of land and sea.   Can you tell us... (read more)
2011-09-08 01:50:51

Efficiencies in Coastal Zone Mapping

Hawk Eye II, the unique airborne laser technology from aerial imaging specialist Blom, is flying high at Ocean Business with a high speed upgrade delivering faster, more efficient data gathering and imaging for shallow water and coastline surveys.     The only technology able to capture accurate data simultaneously from both land and seabed terrain, gathering bathymetric, topographic and photographic imagery all in one pass, Hawk Eye LiDAR is already proving a valuable tool for enhancing the feasibility, quality and speed of coastal and nautical mapping, operating at typically 60% of the cost of traditional hydrographic survey methods and with... (read more)
2009-04-01 11:40:36

Coastal Zone and Bathymetric Lidar Conference Session

The first European Lidar Mapping Forum event is being held in The Hague, in the Netherlands from 30th November to 1st December 2010 and will have two conference sessions devoted to coastal zone and bathymetric Lidar. Novel approaches to laser-based hydrographic data acquisition and the evolution of coastal mapping and monitoring utilising Lidar and hyperspectral systems will be discussed along with the application of boat-mounted mobile Lidar.In addition to the conference there are 50 leading Lidar manufacturers and service providers exhibiting. This will be the largest ever European exhibition dedicated solely to Lidar technology and services.For those still looking to... (read more)
2010-11-19 10:41:12

Optech to Present CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping

Optech, Canada, will be represented at the Oceanology International 2014 conference in London, UK, on 11 to 13 March 2014 at Stand G100, together with sister company Teledyne RESON. The company will be showcasing the results from the recent Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar survey off Korea, where it demonstrated the accuracy, efficiency and turbid water capabilities that have made it indispensable for the ongoing coastal mapping operations of US government bodies and other customers. Optech will also reveal the turbid and muddy water solution complementing Optech HydroFusion, CZMIL’s integrated software suite for planning surveys and processing... (read more)
2014-03-05 09:25:57

GIS in the Zone

‘It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself’. (From the preface to The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson). It has been more than fifty years since Rachel Carson first published The Sea Around Us, her foreboding best-selling book on the long-term effects of the continued pollution our oceans. However, with the huge increase in the world’s population during the intervening years... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Coastal Mapping Technology at Coastal GeoTools 2015

Optech will show its marine mapping solutions at the Coastal GeoTools 2015 conference taking place 30 March to 2 April in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Visitors to the Optech stand will learn how they can generate bottom 3D topo/bathy information for coastal zones, especially in turbid and muddy water conditions with the powerful new CZMIL Nova. This smaller, lighter, lower-power consumption model leverages new laser advances and operates more efficiently with simplified maintenance, but still delivers data up to 80 metres deep in clear conditions and penetrates further than any other system in challenging waters. Besides a 58% reduction... (read more)
2015-03-26 09:30:31

Integrated Coastal Management Act

Surveying Challenges in the South African Coastal Zone
Since time immemorial the seashore has played an evolving but important role in society. In South Africa, the interface between rights in the land and the seashore has been the high water mark (HWM). The Seashore Act No 21 of 1935 (SSA) and the Maritime Zones Act No 15 of 1994 (MZA) governed the extent of these rights. Environmental concern, increasing risks in coastal areas, and the need to approach the management of coastal land and sea in a more holistic manner, has led to the Integrated Coastal Management Act No 24 of 2008 (ICMA), which largely replaces the SSA.... (read more)
2012-06-06 03:42:49

Coastal and Littoral Studies

A Multi-Sensor, Multi-Discipline, Multi-Partner Approach
For more than a decade, coastal zone studies, including hydrographic survey-based mapping, have been growing in size, complexity and applications. With the growing need to better baseline and define the impacts of sea level rise, programmes are now combining many diverse sensors and data to best map the areas and provide exceptionally high-quality precise information for predictive models. To a large degree, this is a direct result of the continuously expanding success of these programmes. Success can be measured in terms of data quality, performance and the expanded applications to stakeholders and other users, and directly measurable by the accuracy... (read more)
2013-07-12 02:39:15

Polish Coastal Surveillance

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has received an order from the Polish Border Guard worth €5m for a coastal surveillance system. The pilot scheme will provide surveillance of the Polish coastline from the Russian border to the Hel peninsula, north of the Gdansk Bight. The system will include radar sensors for sea and air surveillance, infrared sensors for thermal imaging and radio sensors including GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) facilities. The initial phase of deployment also includes a new data management system with situation displays that will be extended to include planning aids for assignment of necessary forces and vehicles, in... (read more)
2004-05-27 12:00:00

Coastal Survey Software

CARIS has released HIPS Version 6.0 off-the-shelf bathymetric data cleaning and validation software integrated with powerful vector product creation. Highlights of this release include new CUBE (Combined Uncertainty and Bathymetry Estimator) processing, new multi-resolution BASE Surface technology for creating surfaces of varying resolution, new support for on the fly-scale bars and raster legends and new raster data and BASE surface display capabilities. HIPS can take raw sounding data from ship to chart. Supporting over forty industry-standard data formats, HIPS and SIPS can be integrated into any workflow. It is used by more than two hundred organisations in more than fifty... (read more)
2005-12-15 12:00:00
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