Sonardyne’s Solstice MCM Sonar Now MINTACS-compatible for Royal Australian Navy

Marine technology company Sonardyne has announced that its Solstice multi-aperture sonar has been integrated into mine warfare command software used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Through a collaboration with Australian defence software engineering company Solutions from Silicon (SfS), data collected by Solstice during mine counter measure (MCM) missions can now be imported, processed and displayed in the most recent release of the MINTACS (Mine Warfare Tactical Command Software), which is in service with the RAN. Sonardyne’s Solstice is widely considered a force multiplier for MCM operations, enabling substantially higher area coverage rates (ACR) using low-cost, low-logistics autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).... (read more)
2020-09-22 10:14:55

Sentinel-2 Coastal Charting Worldwide

The Hydrographers’ Final Search for an Effective SDB System
It is widely and wrongly assumed that the world’s coastal regions have been surveyed in detail by modern techniques and that the resulting nautical charts are an accurate reflection of the nature of the seabed. This optimistic approach is not shared by the world’s hydrographic offices or the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Hydrographers have a saying: “The world is fully charted, it’s a shame that so little is surveyed”, and, one could add looking at venerable charts, so poorly surveyed. Hydrographic offices and the IHO have been looking for years to find an affordable method to fill the coastal gaps in... (read more)
2020-09-07 08:55:46

How the Seafloor of the Antarctic Ocean is Changing

...and the Climate is Following Suit
Experts have reconstructed the depth of the Southern Ocean at key phases in the last 34 million years of the Antarctic’s climate history. The glacial history of the Antarctic is currently one of the most important topics in climate research. Why? Because worsening climate change raises a key question: How did the ice masses of the southern continent react to changes between cold and warm phases in the past, and how will they do so in the future? A team of international experts, led by geophysicists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), has... (read more)
2020-08-24 11:04:04

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
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