Why is this book different from the wide range of books on hydrography? As an oceanographer I have spent a lot of time reading books on the general knowledge of hydrography. Most of them are self-explanatory. However, they hardly ever cover half the range of topics that are the building stones of hydrography. The authors of this book have set out to and succeeded in presenting an introduction to and overview of the broad field of hydrography. It is impossible to cover all these topics in great detail, as such a book would be far from enjoyable to read. However,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography 2.0

This month's theme is hydrography and living resources. However, you won't find any articles on the subject in this magazine. A bit strange coming from me, who for years worked in nature conservation. Like a doctor not seeing his own kid is ill, or a contractor not working on his own house in his spare time. But I haven't developed a blind spot for living resources, just sometimes a theme comes up that's too interesting too ignore. In promising to make it up to you over living resources, I would like to introduce Hydrography 2.0!   Invite you into a... (read more)
2009-10-05 10:09:27

Chinese Hydrography

The Chinese Dragon rears its head in many fields of the world economy and despite the latest reports of a slowdown of growth, it is interesting to see the development in hydrographic surveying and chart production. The Chinese hydrographic sector is certainly increasing. Let’s take a look at a few figures from the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority, under which the Hydrographic Office falls, laid down in the annual report of 2010. The Chinese surveyed 26,814.89km2 in 2010, compared to 15,722.42km2 in 2006. Of this total, 6,209.5km2 was surveyed in the North Sea area, 10,830.94km2 in het East Sea Area and... (read more)
2012-11-20 04:52:19

Hydrography: Teamwork

Our profession is one that carries with it lots of wonderful things. Travelling to remote places, exploring new territories, fighting the elements, providing new routes as well as improving existing ones for mariners, all belong to the uniqueness of being hydrographer. But these tasks and conditions also demand that hydrographers work very closely together, both in the field and between field parties and the office, to achieve the aims of a survey. Facing adversity as teams of professionals and technicians, along with the hydrographic vessel crew, nurtures very bonded human relations. Relations based upon the shared sacrifice of being away... (read more)
2007-02-02 12:00:00

World Hydrography Day: Hydrography For Maritime Trade

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day (WHD) on 21st of June, this year carrying the theme Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade. This is the anniversary date on which the IHO was created in 1921. The theme for each year's celebration highlights aspects of the work and the contribution that the IHO makes to the world community. For 2010 the IHO has chosen the theme, ‘Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade'. Maritime trade is extremely important to most countries in the world, and hydrography and the provision of nautical charts are... (read more)
2010-05-06 09:16:46

Hydrography & Marine SDI Symposium

UK National Hydrographer Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff will be the Keynote Speaker at a one-day symposium on Hydrography & Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure organised by The Hydrographic Society UK's Southern Region at Bradfield College, Reading on Tuesday 27 October.     The event will appeal to all those who work with marine data, and those looking to make their projects and businesses more streamlined and cost effective through more intelligent gathering and use of Marine data sets. Potential delegates should note that discounted "Early Bird" registration is only available until the end of August. Full details are available at the... (read more)
2009-08-11 04:29:53

"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 Hydrographic Society and was pleased to hear that all being well, the new Federation is to be adopted at Hydro4 - the 14th International Biennial Symposium of THS/IFHS. At the same time The Hydrographic Society will be dissolved, which causes me some sadness as this pioneering body has made a huge contribution to our profession since it was founded in 1972. However, I do firmly believe that... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Weaker Without Hydrography

I’ve come to realise that explicit consciousness of hydrography’s importance to the 21st century’s world socioeconomic and environmental wellbeing resides with those involved professionally and academically with the discipline. This realisation is stark when, in discussions with the average person, the benefits of modern society are enjoyed without any awareness of hydrography’s contribution, through safe navigation and support for ocean exploration and enjoyment, to the fulfilment of many of their needs. This is probably nothing new to many of you reading this article. In developing and underdeveloped countries and regions, this lack of realisation can translate into under-funded hydrographic services,... (read more)
2013-05-22 04:06:30

FIG and Hydrography

Interview with Adam Greenland, Dep Port Hydrographer, PLA
Founded in 1878 in Paris, the Federation International des Geometres (FIG) is an international umbrella organisation for national surveying associations which covers all disciplines of the surveying profession. Commission 4 (Hydrography) has been active since 1968 and the new Chairman, Adam Greenland, Deputy Port Hydrographer at the Port of London Authority (PLA) agreed to be interviewed to enlighten our readers on the activities and importance of Commission 4. Can you give our readers a summary of your hydrographic involvement and career? Following a brief sea-going career, I studied Surveying and Mapping Sciences at the NE London Polytechnic. After graduating I... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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