Uncovering the Mysteries of the Oceans

What is Oceanography and How to Become an Oceanographer
This article will dig into the field of Oceanography and the trends and methods developed over the past decades. Did you know that marine species compound more than 80% of the Earth’s biodiversity? Or that seaweed and other sea plants living in the ocean produce around 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere? With this in mind, many efforts are now concentrated on studies of the ocean, such as identification of those beneficial to ocean resources and organisms that can be used as medicines for many critical ailments. Within this article, you will also get familiar with terms like biomimicry,... (read more)
2019-02-26 09:44:32

New Official Recognition for Hydrographers

The IMarEST has launched a new hydrography descriptor for its Chartered Marine Scientist register to allow hydrographers to distinguish themselves by using the letters “CMarSci (Hydrography)” after their name. No such designation has previously existed and the IMarEST is the only organisation that can offer the Chartered Marine Scientist register. The hydrography post-nominal has been introduced to reflect the increasing importance of the discipline in allowing us to manage future challenges. Every human venture in, on or under the sea depends on hydrographic knowledge. That is a knowledge of the nature of the seafloor, its depth and any hazards that... (read more)
2018-12-17 08:43:39

Proactive Dredging in the Dutch Wadden Sea

Morphological Monitoring and Forecasting through Development of a Maintenance Management System
The navigation channels in the Dutch Wadden Sea require continuous maintenance due to unceasing sedimentation of sand and mud. This article describes the data management workflow and adopted technologies for a maintenance management system (MMS) used for morphological monitoring and forecasting of the various navigation channels. In 2016, the Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works awarded a multiannual contract to contractor Gebroeders van der Lee to maintain the navigable waterways and harbours in the Dutch Wadden Sea, where HKV Consultants supports the development, operation and maintenance of this MMS. The challenge of working in these conditions is to find... (read more)
2018-05-22 11:06:18

Seafloor Data Provides Unprecedented Insights for Scientific Communities

The release at the end of July 2017 of bathymetry data by Geoscience Australia has revealed seafloor maps with a resolution 15 times higher than those previously produced using satellite data. The bathymetric survey, conducted by Fugro during Phase One of the search for missing flight MH370, has provided a detailed map of the seafloor topography in the search area. The seafloor data is expected to contribute to a better understanding of the formation of the southern Indian Ocean. The information could provide unprecedented insights for scientific communities, benefiting research in areas such as continental margin geology, plate tectonic history, seabed... (read more)
2017-07-28 08:26:35

OGC Invites Proposals for Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Project

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and sponsors, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in collaboration with the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Participants, have announced a request for quotation (RFQ) and call for participation (CFP) in the OGC Interoperability Program’s Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Phase-2 (Arctic SDP) initiative. Responses to the RFQ are requested by 17 June 2016. The RFQ includes instructions on how organisations can respond to and submit questions about the RFQ. The purpose of this Request for Quotation and Call for Participation is to solicit proposals in response to a set of requirements for the... (read more)
2016-05-26 10:56:55

Oceans 16 MTS/IEEE Monterey

The program kicks-off with workshops and tutorials then moves on to the core technical program over several days. Join your peers for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any number of top-level establishments, which are all within a few feet of the hotel and the convention center. Several other special events are also being planned. These include tastes of the food and wine that the Monterey area is famous for. The week will also include in-water demonstrations and exhibits of the latest in ocean technology. On the culminating evening of the conference, find yourself strolling between the local flora and fauna... (read more)
2015-11-25 03:13:43

Clear Message during Opening of US Hydro

During the opening keynote speeches of US Hydro in National Harbor, USA, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse called upon the audience of American hydrographers to combine their voices with those of our oceans. Every day they are signalling the hugely damaging impact of pollution and climate change on the Earth’s seas, its flora and fauna and hence the planet as a whole. At the same time the senator also emphasised the need for federal funding for research and science to recover and undo the influences of climate change. Adding to Senator Whitehouse’s message Robert Ward, president of the International Hydrographic Organization,... (read more)
2015-03-17 04:38:19

Mining Prospects High for Cornwall

Cornwall, UK, is synonymous with tin mining, having built its fortunes in previous centuries extracting and producing the metal for export around the world. A new and exciting project has now been launched that will build on Cornwall’s mining heritage with an ambitious proposal to recover tin deposits from the waters off the North Coast of Cornwall. Marine Minerals Ltd (MML) is a Cornish company created to investigate the viability of this project and Coastline Surveys was asked to play a major role in the early investigative surveys to establish the characteristics of the mineral bearing sands off the coast... (read more)
2013-07-31 12:17:53

French Pavilion at Ocean Business 2013

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, UK, will showcase the best of French ocean technology on the French Pavilion at Ocean Business 2013 in Southampton (UK), from 9 to 11 April 2013. A total of eight sea-technology companies from France will be exhibiting at the Ocean Business trade show as part of the French Pavilion (Stand T5). The French companies will present their products and solutions in sea technology in order to reinforce their professional contacts with British partners and to provide mutually beneficial business opportunities. ACSA ACSA specialises in undersea robotics and positioning systems. The company has launched... (read more)
2013-03-25 04:07:45

French Contribution to Ocean Business 2013

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will showcase the best of French ocean technology on the French Pavilion at Ocean Business 2013, taking place from 9 to 11 April 2013 in Southampton, UK. A total of eight sea-technology companies from France will be attending the Ocean Business trade show as part of the French Pavilion (Stand T5). The French companies, from across the sector, will present their innovative products and advanced technological solutions in sea technology in order to reinforce their professional contacts with British partners and to provide mutually beneficial business opportunities. ACSA ACSA specialises in undersea robotics... (read more)
2013-03-05 04:40:19
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