BedMachine Will Help Reduce the Uncertainty in Sea Level Rise

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A team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate warming, according to a news release of the British Antarctic Survey. Anticipated by the global cryosphere and environmental science communities, the newly released Antarctica topography map, BedMachine, and related findings were published last month in the journal Nature Geoscience. Among results of the BedMachine project are the discovery of stabilizing ridges that protect the ice flowing across the... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:42:58

NOAA Deputy Administrator: "I Wanna See a Kid With a NOAA Shirt"

In November, President Trump declared the United States would 'act boldly' on a gigantic task: mapping a chunk of the ocean floor that's larger than the combined land area of all 50 US states. Armed with this strong backing from the White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is ready to go where no man has gone before. The agency this year plans to accelerate exploration of the entire US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), with the goal of completing the job by 2030, E&E News, a news organization focusing on energy and the environment, reports. An official described the exploration... (read more)
2020-01-04 10:31:54

Big Data, Satellites and Artificial Intelligence

Every year, Geomares, the publisher of Hydro International, analyses the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of our global hydrographic and oceanographic communities. According to the latest findings of our survey, the use of big data, and the application of satellites and artificial intelligence will influence the market and operational activities and are expected to leave their mark on hydrographic and oceanographic work in the coming decade. Ocean Data and Mapping As in the last few years, market research and the opinions of our readers show that the USV market will continue to grow. With North America being... (read more)
2020-01-02 03:41:51

This Is How Oceanographers Use Gaming Technology to Map Coral Reefs

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Over 50% of the world's coral reefs have died over the past 30 years, and up to 90% may die within the next century. To map, record and study these reefs, scientists are now turning to game technology. Oceanographers are utilizing expertise from the gaming industry to map the ocean floor, together with the coral reefs. Scientists are now mapping coral beds deep below the oceans of Japan’s Okinawa islands, according to the worldwide information community, France 24. Plot All The Reefs As part of the so-called 100 Islands programme, these scientists are responsible for charting and assessing the well-being... (read more)
2020-01-01 11:02:07

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

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Navigate Hydrographic – the Nautical SmartChart

What is the core role of a hydrographer? To map the seafloor? Provide a precise position on the water? Some may believe it is to play with lots of expensive toys on boats, while colleagues are stuck in the office. While all those answers may be correct, I am asking about the core role of a hydrographer. I would suggest that it is collecting data to provide information that companies, clients and consultants rely on to make educated and accurate decisions. This is where our value as a professional service is demonstrated. However, here is another question - how do we present that information and, more to the point, could it be better? What is the core role of a hydrographer? To map the seafloor? Provide a precise position on the water? Some may believe it is to play with lots of expensive toys on boats, while colleagues are stuck in the office. While all those answers may be correct, I am asking about the core role of a hydrographer. I would suggest that it is collecting data to provide information that companies, clients and consultants rely on to make educated and accurate decisions. This is where our value as a professional service is demonstrated. However, here is another question - how do... (read more)
2019-12-19 11:20:59

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

Business Guide 2020 and November/December Issue Are Out

In our new yearly Business Guide, we focus on innovations in 2020 and developments in the hydrographic and oceanographic arena. One of the other topics is the accelerating rise of sea levels. With millions of people around the world at risk from rising seas, it is essential to continue measuring the changing height of the sea surface to ensure that decision-makers are equipped to take appropriate mitigating action.  Also featuring in Hydro International's Business Guide 2020 -  the hydrographer's final search for an effective SDB-system and the NOAA's plan for deep ocean mapping of US waters. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist... (read more)
2019-12-17 02:00:10

'Check and double check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you’

7 Questions to Phil Payne, Survey Delivery Manager, UK Hydrographic Office
Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. "There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. ”There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Prior to his work with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Phil Payne spent 25 years in the Royal Navy as a hydrographic and meteorology specialist. Since joining the UKHO in 2016, he has worked in a number of different roles, most recently as its Survey Delivery Manager - a role he has held since 2017. Surveys Around the World As... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:40:56
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