‘Hydrography’

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: 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

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 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

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

"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

Hydrography in Japan

Interview with D.Sc. Shoichi Oshima of the Japan Hydrographic Association
In spite of modern communications and connections by air, Japan still is for most people from Europe and America, a ‘far away country’. Hydro international is in the fortunate position to have very good contacts in Japan via dr. Shoichi Oshima, who served as Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) member since the start of Hydro international. The term of an EAB member is officially limited to two years and therefore dr. Shoichi Oshima is now leaving the EAB. On the occasion of his withdrawal he agreed to be interviewed and inform readers on some more details of hydrography in Japan. Can... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography in East Asia

The second East Asia Hydrographic Symposium and Exhibition was held in the Legend Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on from 20 to 22 October 2009. The Symposium was opened by the assistant to the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Bin Abdullah. The previous Conference, also held at the same venue, took place in 2001. The Symposium was jointly sponsored by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru and the Royal Malaysian Navy, and was entitled ‘Common Challenges: Addressing Global Issues’. The primary aspirations for the Conference as outlined in the promotional brochure stated that this event would... (read more)
2009-12-29 02:04:42

World Hydrography Day - 2012

On 21 June each year the International Hydrographic Organization celebrates World Hydrography Day. The theme for 2012 is: ’International Hydrographic Co-operation – supporting safe navigation’. The IHO’s internationally recognised standards help ensure that mariners and other users of hydrographic data can use and understand the data easily. IHO standards cover a wide range from defining the training and skill sets required by hydrographic surveyors and nautical cartographers, through the minimum standards for the collection of data and its depiction on charts, both paper and digital, to the rapid delivery of Maritime Safety Information to ships at sea via the World-Wide... (read more)
2012-05-02 04:51:51

World Hydrography Day Activities

This year, the first World Hydrography Day takes place on Wednesday, 21 June. In several countries, there are activities to highlight the work of hydrographers. The UKHO is hosting a drinks reception with guest speaker Polar explorer Pen Hadow followed by a gala dinner. The event will involve a link-up with Royal Navy survey ship HMS Scott in America and a live link to the IHO in Monaco and other member states. There will be exhibitions in Leith (Scotland), Plymouth, Greenwich and Taunton (Somerset). To mark the World Hydrography Day, National Hydrographic Office of Sri Lanka has organised a seminar... (read more)
2006-06-21 12:00:00
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