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

Satellite Information to Increase Safety and Efficiency in Maritime Operations

A German consortium has developed a service providing detailed data on sea ice in polar regions where internet connections are slow, providing electronic navigational charts for poorly surveyed waters and software solutions to support maritime decision-making with satellite data. In July 2019, the partners completed the R&D stage of the MARSAT project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Smarter Routing in Higher Latitudes “It’s not science fiction anymore,” said Dr Lasse Rabenstein, CEO of Drift+Noise Polar Services, a company specialising in the mapping of polar ice. “Fully automated, 24/7, near real-time ice image information for polar waters... (read more)
2019-07-30 10:30:42

Next Geosolutions Welcomes Three New Key Team Members

International geoscience and engineering services provider Next Geosolutions has recently welcomed three new key team members. The company operates in the energy, infrastructure and utility markets, Alison Lucas Collie is an experienced technical and management professional. She has worked at consultancy level supporting engineering in energy development projects during her roles at Fugro, Gardline, 4C Offshore and DeepOcean. She has joined Next Geosolutions as Tender Manager. Surveyor and Data Processor Alison’s technical specialism originates from working offshore as a surveyor and data processor after her first degree in hydrography and astronomy at Plymouth, then developing to gain an MSc in... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:52:08

World Record for Largest Underwater Cleanup

The world record for the largest underwater cleanup has been broken by 633 divers in South Florida. According to the Sun Sentinel, a local newspaper, the world record for the largest underwater cleanup has been broken by 633 scuba drivers who scooped up trash from the ocean floor near a fishing pier at Deerfield Beach. They said that the hundreds of divers entered the ocean in waves and had to stay in the water at least 15 minutes to be counted. The record was overseen by Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric, who d the official headcount between 9 am and 11 am. Marine Conservation The event... (read more)
2019-06-17 04:03:29
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