Fugro RAMMS Technology Benefits US Navy Mapping System

Fugro’s collaboration with Areté to develop the Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS) has resulted in improved maritime domain awareness for the US Navy. The accomplishment, which was showcased last week during a Naval Oceanography event held at Southern Mississippi’s Marine Research Center, demonstrates the value of federal investments in private-sector research, development and commercialisation efforts. US Navy Small Business Innovation Research RAMMS is based on Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Littoral Lidar System (PILLS), an airborne seabed mapping capability developed through a US Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme. One of the primary yet challenging goals of SBIR programmes is... (read more)
2019-11-14 08:32:03

'Caribbean Faces Numerous Threats To Its Natural Resources'

TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has opened an office in Kingston, Jamaica, led by Carol Fisher. Officially operating as a separate Jamaican company, TCarta Caribe offers the complete line of TCarta satellite-derived bathymetry, seafloor classification, land use/land cover, and air quality solutions to Jamaica and the entire Caribbean region. “Jamaica and many nearby Caribbean islands are developing nations seeking to balance economic growth with environmental preservation,” said TCarta President Kyle Goodrich. “The Caribbean faces numerous threats to its natural resources from hurricanes, rising sea levels, and pollution, but budgets are limited,” he added. Senior Hydrographer Carol... (read more)
2019-11-13 10:37:03

Pakistan Navy Launches New Hydrographic Survey Vessel

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The Pakistan Navy has launched a brand new hydrographic survey vessel. The Behr Masah, a 3,000-ton survey ship built in China, is over 80 metres in length and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. It is fully capable of undertaking hydrographic, oceanographic and geographical surveys as well as seafloor mapping from shallow to ocean depths, according to the Pakistan Navy. With the induction of the ship, the hydrographic survey capabilities of the Pakistan Navy would be on a par with those of the developed maritime nations of the world, the Nation, a Pakistan news agency, and the Pakistan Observer report. Support Development... (read more)
2019-11-07 10:14:33

UKHO's Phil Payne Talks About Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme

"Check and double-check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you", says Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office when he talks about hydrographic programmes to support the 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... (read more)
2019-11-06 10:50:35

How to Help Islands Across the Pacific and Caribbean Develop Sustainable Marine Economies

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a five-day capacity building conference to help islands across the Pacific and Caribbean support trade and develop sustainable marine economies. Led by government experts in maritime safety, seabed mapping and ocean science, the conference will help representatives to achieve these outcomes by developing legislation and regulations that support the safe use of our oceans.Legislation and regulations that guide the sharing of maritime information – including up-to-date bathymetry (seabed mapping data), tides, navigational warnings and observations – are essential to the safe navigation of ships, protecting the lives of mariners and reducing the likelihood... (read more)
2019-11-05 02:32:55

There is Still Much to Be Discovered

More than 70% of Earth is made up of oceans, yet the underwater domain is the least known area of our planet. Even now, in the technologically advanced 21st century, only an estimated 10% of the ocean floor has been mapped in detail. There is still much to be discovered. More than 70% of the Earth is made up of oceans, yet the underwater domain is the least known area of our planet. Even now, in the technologically advanced 21st century, only an estimated 10% of the ocean floor has been mapped in detail. There is still much to be discovered. The average depth of the world’s oceans is more than 3,600m. The deepest areas are found in oceanic trenches such as the Mariana Trench, which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, about 200km east of the Mariana Islands. At nearly 11,000m below the surface, it is believed to... (read more)
2019-11-04 03:16:25

How to Combine Old Aerial Photos and Modern-day Drone Photography

A new 3D process which involves old aerial photos and modern-day drone photography has shed light on accelerated ice loss from some of Iceland’s largest glaciers. Dr Kieran Baxter from the University of Dundee has created composite images that compare views from 1980s aerial surveys to modern-day photos, captured with the help of state-of-the-art technology. This technique has allowed him to document the dramatic ice-loss on a group of outlet glaciers on the south side of Vatnajökull, one of the largest ice caps in Europe. Aerial mapping photographs taken by the National Land Survey of Iceland were modelled in 3D using... (read more)
2019-11-02 03:16:16

‘Hydrography is Both a Science and a Technique’

7 Questions to the New Director General of the French Hydrographic Office
Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Laurent Kerléguer was born in Brest, France, and has always lived by – or close to – the sea. Although he never had a ‘dream job’ as a child, he always had the feeling that his career would be linked to the sea. “For me as an engineer, hydrography is the perfect... (read more)
2019-10-29 11:34:23

What Are the New Global Initiatives for Mapping the World’s Entire Ocean Floor?

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Three new global initiatives for mapping the world’s entire ocean floor have been announced in London at a special conference organised by The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, the international collaborative project to produce a complete, freely available map of the seafloor by the year 2030. They will be overseen by the new Seabed 2030 Director, experienced UK hydrographer and former naval officer Jamie McMichael-Phillips, whose appointment was also announced at the conference. The conference titled 'From Vision to Action', took place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 22 October, was convened to mark the progress made in the... (read more)
2019-10-24 09:30:16

Featuring in Hydro International's latest issue: the Biggest Arctic Expedition of All Time

In the latest edition of Hydro International, there is a featured article on the MOSAiC expedition. On 20 September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern left the harbour of Tromsø, Norway, for what could be the biggest Arctic research expedition of all time. Once she reaches the destination, the ship and her crew will become trapped in the ice and spend an entire year drifting through the Arctic Ocean. Read the full story now in print and soon online. More featured articles in the latest issue of Hydro International: an interview with the New Director-General of the French Hydrographic Office... (read more)
2019-10-15 10:06:05
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