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

Green Air Pushes

Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel
Bathymetry is largely used for measuring ocean and sea depth but there are also many other different applications in lakes, dams, rivers and fresh water basins. Logistic constraints as well as risks and economic issues make bathymetric measurement, especially in fresh water, not a simple task. This, in fact, normally implies the use of a motorised craft of a certain dimension, capable of accommodating the helmsman and at least one operator of the measuring system plus the relevant equipment. Often boats have to be transported to difficult to reach places or have to operate in sites hazardous for humans such... (read more)
2012-11-22 02:47:09

Offshore Environmental Surveys

Introduction to UK Legislation and Guidelines
This is a brief introduction to UK offshore marine environmental survey legislation and guidelines, written from a fairly narrow perspective: that of a contractor providing such survey services to the oil & gas industry. Legislation requires environmental surveys of the North Sea but the extent and definition of these is open to interpretation, with quite a variety of standards and guidelines to choose from or ignore. Legal FrameworkUK environmental legislation transposes European Community (EC) directives on the environment. The prime EC directives are Council Directive 92/43 ‘on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora’ (‘the Habitats... (read more)
2007-05-09 12:00:00

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

The Survey of the Philippine Islands

Following the Spanish–American War, the Philippine Islands became a US Protectorate. Consequently, the US Coast and Geodetic Survey commenced providing this vast archipelago with modern nautical charts. An assignment in the Philippines was the great, defining experience of a lifetime for many young officers and four future directors of the Coast and Geodetic Survey had at least one tour of duty there. A look into Pacific life is presented on these pages. Nothing in their American background prepared the Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) for the kaleidoscopic melange of cultures, terrain, flora and fauna that was the Philippine Islands. Over... (read more)
2009-12-29 01:56:33

Some Early German Contributions to Oceanography

The names Augustus Petermann, Victor Hensen, Carl Chun, Fritz Spiess, Alfred Merz, and Gunter Dietrich are hardly household names. Even today their names are little known in the geographic, oceanographic, and hydrographic communities which they served so well. They were all part of a thriving German geographic and oceanographic community which made many advances in the three generations between the late 19th century and the advent of the Second World War. Their work is little known except to a few science historians and interested oceanographers, primarily as a result of the World Wars. Collectively, their ships had such names as... (read more)
2010-11-01 04:57:24

Ireland's First Smart ROV

The Mobile & Marine Robotics research Centre, University of Limerick
The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre describe their motivation for building their own Smart ROV based on previous survey experience and the preparations they are now undertaking to integrate new survey and navigation control technologies for this month The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) has grown out of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick (Ireland), with research, development and commercialisation funding from a variety of government and semi-state bodies.   Underwater Technology Since 2003 the MMRRC has been developing novel underwater technologies to aid high-resolution sonar and video seabed imaging, near... (read more)
2009-02-27 12:00:00

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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