Grand mapping coalition

The need to build a grand coalition of mapping partners all over the world, from all corners and professions of the maritime community, is more urgent now than ever. During a one-day symposium -  From Vision to Action hosted by the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Seabed, held in London on 22 October - it was once again emphasized that the creation of a definitive global ocean floor map by 2030 would support the sustainable use of the ocean and lead to sound policy decisions regarding the seas and their coasts. During the symposium, three new initiatives were revealed. It... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:24:48

Did Unmapped Rocks Cause the Sea Diamond Disaster?

In April 2020, it will be 13 years since the state-of-the-art cruise ship Sea Diamond sank after hitting a volcanic rock off the Greek island of Santorini, resulting in the death of two French passengers. The current Greek government is now trying to decide whether to raise the wreck from the deep. The vessel, owned by Louis Hellenic Cruises, ran aground along the coast of Santorini with nearly 1,200 passengers and 400 crew. Following an evacuation of everyone on board, the ship was towed offshore and sank. After a lawsuit had been filed against them, investigations were carried out by the... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:21:36

Researchers Map Underwater Nuclear Test Sites in the Pacific

While standing on a small ship near Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands during the summer of 2019, University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis looked up and realized that if he had been in that spot 73 years ago, he would have been engulfed in a humungous atomic mushroom cloud, Adam Thomas writes in his article published on the website of the University of Delaware. It was in that idyllic and, more importantly, remote central Pacific island that the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s and 1950s that sunk warships, tanks and other vehicles... (read more)
2019-12-12 11:23:41

NOAA to Map Mariana Seas in April Next Year

In April next year, a team of 60 scientists and crew from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will come to the Mariana Islands aboard the NOAA ship Rainier to map the seafloor of the Marianas and do coral reef research. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations will be working together to perform the ocean surveys to measure the water depths, the regional online newspaper the Saipan Tribune reports. Dormant Volcanic Mountains The Mariana Islands are a crescent-shaped archipelago comprising the summits of fifteen mostly dormant volcanic mountains in the western North Pacific Ocean, between... (read more)
2019-12-09 04:23:16

XOCEAN Expands with Acquisition of Survey Specialists 4D Ocean

British ocean data company, XOCEAN, announced last week that it has completed the acquisition of 4D Ocean, a specialist autonomous hydrographic survey company, as part of the company’s strategic global growth plans. The announcement follows the news of XOCEAN’s successful €7.9 million funding round earlier this month. XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using marine robotics known as Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). The company has recently delivered projects for clients including BP, Equinor, PX Group and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The services provided by XOCEAN include mapping the seabed, inspecting subsea structures and monitoring the... (read more)
2019-12-09 03:56:40

World Magnetic Model 2020 Will Be Released Today

The World Magnetic Model is a joint product of the United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the United Kingdom’s Defence Geographic Centre (DGC). The WMM was developed jointly by the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, Boulder CO, USA) (now the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)) and the British Geological Survey (BGS, Edinburgh, Scotland). As part of the regular update cycle of the World Magnetic Model, NCEI, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey will release the WMM2020 on 10 December 2019. The World Magnetic Model is the standard model used by the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry... (read more)
2019-12-05 10:24:56

How Data Can Be Used To Support Safety In Inshore Waters

The Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing, has completed a 'Big Data' project which sought to investigate how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. The focus of the project “has been the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and inshore waters”. OceanWise, marine data experts and provider of a range of intelligent marine data (mapping) products, has provided the mapping data for situational awareness and to allow multiple sources of data to be integrated using location as... (read more)
2019-12-04 11:35:26

Rovco Launches Live 3D Subsea Streaming Technology

Subsea technology company Rovco (Bristol, UK) has launched 'SubSLAM Live’, a 3D streaming technology which allows users to video and live-stream 3D underwater point clouds to any device in the world. The stereo camera technology system sends images and 3D models of assets from the seabed to a computer browser in any location globally. This offers customers instantaneous access to information as an inspection or construction activity is taking place. The firm trialled the technology earlier in the year with an oil and gas Super Major, at a renewable wind farm, and more recently in 0.5m of visibility at an... (read more)
2019-12-03 10:15:02

Scientists Spend Christmas in the Southern Ocean for Climate Research

On December 2, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists will embark on a research expedition that will see them spend Christmas and New Year sailing through remote waters in the Southern Ocean onboard RRS Discovery. This is part of the project, led by the NOC, to understand the role of this notoriously rough part of the ocean in taking up and storing carbon from the atmosphere. The team will largely be focusing on studying the seasonal growth of tiny marine plants, called phytoplankton. Annual phytoplankton growth equals that of all land plants combined. Without life in the sea, carbon dioxide concentrations in... (read more)
2019-11-27 04:17:51

UK Hydrographic Office Starts Seabed Mapping Surveys of the Falkland Waters

In November, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will be conducting seabed mapping surveys of the Falkland Island coastal waters to support safe maritime trade and the development of a sustainable blue economy. The collection of hydrographic data is vital to supporting safe trade, sustainable economic growth and the protection of coastal communities from the effects of climate change, says the UKHO. As part of the UK government’s Overseas Seabed Mapping Programme, the UKHO will lead the collection of this data through vessel-based seabed mapping surveys of the Falkland Island coastal waters. Data from these surveys will initially be used to... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:07:10
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