New Depth Map over the Arctic Ocean

Details of a new depth map of the Arctic Ocean have been published in the Nature Journal Scientific Data. The new portrayal of the Arctic Ocean floor is in the form of a digital gridded database and comprises Version 4.0 of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO). The gridded compilation has been completed under the auspices of the Regional Center for the Arctic and North Pacific Ocean of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project. This Regional Center is one of four Seabed 2030 centers covering the world ocean and is run jointly by Stockholm University and the... (read more)
2020-07-20 02:24:13

TDI-Brooks Completes Multibeam Phase for TGS Offshore Nigeria

TDI-Brooks International (under contract to TGS) has completed the offshore multibeam phase offshore the Niger Delta. This survey took place in water depths of 750 to 3,500 metres and is Nigeria’s first regional multi-client Multibeam and Seafloor Sampling (MB&SS) study. TDI-Brooks’ R/V Gyre acquired 82,000 square kilometres of high-resolution hull-mounted multibeam echo sounder data. During the multibeam data collection, a total of 1,223 active hydrocarbon seeps were detected in the multibeam water column data. Onboard hydrocarbon seep analysis was conducted in near real-time onboard the vessel to expedite the process of core selection. The Gyre is fitted with an EM302 MBES... (read more)
2020-05-18 10:49:00

Preparing the European Fleet of Research Vessels for the Future

Greater Use of Autonomy Will Influence the Numbers of Personnel Required on Board
Recently, the European Marine Board published a report on the current status of the European fleet of research vessels. This Position Paper describes how the fleet will need to develop in the future to ensure that it will continue to provide the same high level of support to science and hydrography globally, as well as highlighting ways in which management could be made more efficient. This article is an extract of the report. Recently, the European Marine Board published a report on the current status of the European fleet of research vessels. This position paper describes how the fleet will need to develop in the future to ensure that it will continue to provide the same high level of support to science and hydrography globally, as well as highlighting ways in which management could be made more efficient. This article is an extract of the report. Many of the global challenges facing the world today – climate change, food and water security, health and well-being, sea-level rise and economic development – are driving... (read more)
2020-04-06 12:17:06

Danish Hydrographic Office Turns to GIS for Automated Maritime Charting

A Radical Update Was Needed
Denmark has challenging seascapes to map and chart. It has a rich history of nautical charting that dates back to the seventeenth century, and many of its navigational products for Greenland were created in the 1960s. When GPS started to gain prominence, a radical update was needed. Apart from its 42-mile land border with Germany, the peninsular country of Denmark, with its scores of bays, straits, and fjords,  is surrounded almost entirely by the North and Baltic Seas. Denmark is also composed of more than 400 islands, including the Faroe Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom... (read more)
2019-12-19 02:23:42

Jamie McMichael-Phillips Appointed Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Jamie McMichael-Phillips, the new director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, has now taken up his position in leading one of the most challenging projects of the next decade, the mapping of the entire ocean floor by the year 2030. The announcement of his appointment was made at a conference held at the Royal Society in London, in October. Entitled ‘From Vision to Action’, the meeting, which brought together some of the world’s leading scientists and maritime organizations, was convened to mark the progress made in the two years since Seabed 2030 was launched, and to look ahead to... (read more)
2019-12-19 09:05:26

Our Slogan: It’s all About Facts and Figures

When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: „On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: "On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Times "Here experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean... (read more)
2019-12-05 04:30:27

It’s all about facts and figures

When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: „On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Times „Here experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean... (read more)
2019-12-05 04:12:12

What Are the New Global Initiatives for Mapping the World’s Entire Ocean Floor?

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Three new global initiatives for mapping the world’s entire ocean floor have been announced in London at a special conference organised by The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, the international collaborative project to produce a complete, freely available map of the seafloor by the year 2030. They will be overseen by the new Seabed 2030 Director, experienced UK hydrographer and former naval officer Jamie McMichael-Phillips, whose appointment was also announced at the conference. The conference titled 'From Vision to Action', took place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 22 October, was convened to mark the progress made in the... (read more)
2019-10-24 09:30:16

EOMAP Wins Funding For Satellite-Derived Bathymetry

EOMAP has been awarded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to further develop its physics-based method of mapping the depth of the sea from satellite observations. Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB) uses data gathered by satellites and aircraft to generate depth measurements and seafloor characteristics for regions of shallow water. Developed 20 years ago by EOMAP scientists then at DLR (Germany) and CSIRO (Australia), SDB’s potential to create a continuously updated global database of shallow-water bathymetry is hampered by the heavy computing power required to process the large amounts of data now available. Lower Energy Consumption The new funding will allow EOMAP to... (read more)
2019-09-23 09:34:36

Lost 52 Project Discovers the Bow of WW II Submarine 'Grunion'

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Tim Taylor and his team of the Lost 52 Project have identified the bow of the USS Grunion. It was discovered about a quarter of a mile from the main wreckage. In October 2018, the Lost 52 Project team returned to the site of the main wreck and found that the ship's bow had slid down a steep volcanic embankment. The submarine went missing about a month after it departed on its first war patrol in 1942. It wasn't seen again until the sons of the Grunion's commanding officer began searching for it and found the wreckage in 2007 off the... (read more)
2019-08-01 09:58:10
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