What is the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System?

Imagine you’re a port pilot, responsible for the safe passage of a cargo ship that’s about the same size as an aircraft carrier. It’s the middle of the night, it’s windy and you’re contending with large waves and an outgoing tide. A stressful scenario to be sure, but happily you have the benefit of a real-time information system that gives you details about water levels, currents, salinity and weather to help you guide your vessel. That system is known as PORTS, the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System. Maritime Accidents The concept for PORTS was born following two serious maritime accidents in Tampa... (read more)
2020-04-21 10:10:19

Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy Asks for Advice

Fausto Bravo is a lieutenant in the Chilean Navy, specifically in the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service and he would like some advice. "In December 2019, one of Chile's air force planes crashed in the Drake Sea and since then our government has been trying to bring relief to the families of the victims by trying to find clues or parts of the aeroplane on the ocean floor," he writes. "The problem that we have had is that our most modern multibeam sonar is a Kongsberg EM 122 that has beams that deploy with 1-degree aperture, but the depth of the sea... (read more)
2020-03-26 11:46:40

Fugro Joins the Australian HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program

The Australian government has selected Fugro to join the HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP) to increase Australia’s hydrographic industry capability. The panel of industry partners was chosen as part of a long-term strategy to ensure safe shipping routes, commercial ports and maritime approaches within the Australian Charting Area. Panel members will acquire marine environmental data to produce digital maps of Australia’s sea and coastal areas that will improve the safety of maritime vessels operating in Australia’s sea charting area, which covers 10% of the Earth’s surface. The partnership program of AUD150 million secures a sovereign capacity to produce hydrographic information... (read more)
2020-02-26 01:05:50

Researchers Image Resting Place of World War II Aircraft

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A team of scientists and archaeological explorers relocated and documented the site of a Grumman TBF Avenger off Oahu, Hawaii 77 years after it was lost. The site is believed to be associated with three US servicemen missing in action from World War II. Members of Project Recover, private research vessel Petrel and the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) used state-of-the-art technology to image the deepwater site in unprecedented detail. Catastrophic Collision On 11 October 1942, three US TBF Avenger aircraft from squadron VT-3 collided during a training flight off Naval Air Station Kaneohe, now Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Two of... (read more)
2020-01-18 03:43:17

BedMachine Will Help Reduce the Uncertainty in Sea Level Rise

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A team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate warming, according to a news release of the British Antarctic Survey. Anticipated by the global cryosphere and environmental science communities, the newly released Antarctica topography map, BedMachine, and related findings were published last month in the journal Nature Geoscience. Among results of the BedMachine project are the discovery of stabilizing ridges that protect the ice flowing across the... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:42:58

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise Is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradisal Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradisal Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage data sets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes Appointed UK National Hydrographer

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes to the position of National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive: a role that helps to improve the sharing, standardisation and collection of marine geospatial data through international collaboration. As National Hydrographer, Peter is the UK government’s representative at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), where he works with partners to set and maintain standards that protect the safety of mariners around the world. In addition to this, he oversees key international partnerships with foreign navies, hydrographic offices, governments and commercial organizations to support the sharing of global marine... (read more)
2019-12-17 03:19:42

'Check and double check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you’

7 Questions to Phil Payne, Survey Delivery Manager, UK Hydrographic Office
Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. "There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. ”There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Prior to his work with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Phil Payne spent 25 years in the Royal Navy as a hydrographic and meteorology specialist. Since joining the UKHO in 2016, he has worked in a number of different roles, most recently as its Survey Delivery Manager - a role he has held since 2017. Surveys Around the World As... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:40:56

Researchers Map Underwater Nuclear Test Sites in the Pacific

While standing on a small ship near Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands during the summer of 2019, University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis looked up and realized that if he had been in that spot 73 years ago, he would have been engulfed in a humungous atomic mushroom cloud, Adam Thomas writes in his article published on the website of the University of Delaware. It was in that idyllic and, more importantly, remote central Pacific island that the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s and 1950s that sunk warships, tanks and other vehicles... (read more)
2019-12-12 11:23:41

World Magnetic Model 2020 Will Be Released Today

The World Magnetic Model is a joint product of the United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the United Kingdom’s Defence Geographic Centre (DGC). The WMM was developed jointly by the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, Boulder CO, USA) (now the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)) and the British Geological Survey (BGS, Edinburgh, Scotland). As part of the regular update cycle of the World Magnetic Model, NCEI, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey will release the WMM2020 on 10 December 2019. The World Magnetic Model is the standard model used by the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry... (read more)
2019-12-05 10:24:56
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