GIS in Mapping Ocean Floor

Ocean Globe from ESRI Press examines bathymetry from its early history through today's use of geographic information systems (GIS) and other technologies to map the ocean floor. With contributions from oceanographers, explorers, and historians, this new book is a valuable resource for those interested in coastal management, seafloor mapping, and marine biology. The anthology addresses how recent developments in bathymetry and seafloor mapping are applied to animal migrations, coral reef growth, tsunami forecasts, coastal ecosystems, aquatic farming, whale habitats, and more. In addition, the book includes a special appendix on the history of seafloor mapping-from early line-and-sinker methods to multibeam... (read more)
2010-03-04 10:29:14

EIVA Sponsors Benthic Mapping Programme

EIVA, Denmark, has entered into a partnership with the College of Charleston and University of Washington, USA, on the benthic acoustic mapping and survey (BEAMS) programme. This joint journey will centre around knowledge-sharing and training across the Atlantic Ocean, concerned with matters below the water’s surface. When EIVA learned of the BEAMS programme, the opportunity of establishing a partnership focusing on knowledge-sharing was an obvious ship to board. The partnership revolves around internships at EIVA’s headquarters in Denmark and an annual 3-day training workshop, taught by EIVA instructors, where the EIVA software suite is put to use at both the... (read more)
2013-02-01 12:00:00

Ocean Mapping for Article 76

Adding to the Global Bathymetry Mosaic
Many coastal states are engaged in ocean mapping as part of their UNCLOS-driven programmes to project sovereign rights over the deep seabed beyond two hundred nautical miles. The resulting datasets may be valuable for improving public descriptions of bathymetry, but first they need to be released into the public domain. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) came into force on 16th November 1994 and has so far been ratified by 157 of the 192 UN member states. Article 76 of the Convention qualifies coastal states to extend certain sovereign rights over portions of the seafloor... (read more)
2007-05-31 12:00:00

POSPac Cloud for Mobile Mapping

Applanix has introduced its POSPac Cloud software for directly georeferencing data collected from cameras, Lidar, multibeam sonar and other sensors on mobile platforms. As an online version of Applanix’ GNSS-aided inertial POSPac MMS post-processing desktop software, POSPac Cloud is optimised for air, land and marine environments and platforms and is compatible with a variety of mapping sensors such as Lidar and cameras. Featuring Trimble CenterPoint RTX post-processing service for centimetre-level positioning without base stations, POSPac Cloud enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to seamlessly integrate high-accuracy direct georeferencing as part of the overall mobile mapping value chain. The announcement was made... (read more)
2017-09-26 08:39:43

Efficiencies in Coastal Zone Mapping

Hawk Eye II, the unique airborne laser technology from aerial imaging specialist Blom, is flying high at Ocean Business with a high speed upgrade delivering faster, more efficient data gathering and imaging for shallow water and coastline surveys.     The only technology able to capture accurate data simultaneously from both land and seabed terrain, gathering bathymetric, topographic and photographic imagery all in one pass, Hawk Eye LiDAR is already proving a valuable tool for enhancing the feasibility, quality and speed of coastal and nautical mapping, operating at typically 60% of the cost of traditional hydrographic survey methods and with... (read more)
2009-04-01 11:40:36

Mapping Cold Water Coral Reef

In recent trials off Trondheim, Norway, the GeoSwath Plus swath bathymetry and side scan system was used for the first time on a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to map cold water coral reefs. The objective of the survey was to test how effective the GeoSwath was as a ROV mounted sonar for identifying cold-water coral colonies. At 60m deep the Tautra ridge in Trondheim Fjord is home to world’s shallowest known cold-water coral reef, and was an ideal site for initial system trials. The corals seen there usually thrive in much deeper waters.  The GeoSwath was deployed on a Minerva... (read more)
2007-02-12 09:24:28

Seabed Mapping and Inspection 2013

The annual Seabed Mapping and Inspection conference took place from 6 to 8 February 2013 in Geilo, Norway. The conference had more than 150 participants, and included people working with technology development, survey and inspection in the marine segment of the oil and gas industry. The conference was held in Geilo, a beautiful winter paradise with 39 downhill slopes and 550km cross country tracks, more or less as far away from the ocean as you can get in Norway. With generous lunch breaks allowing for skiing, or just soaking in the spa, the conference had an informal atmosphere combined with a... (read more)
2013-05-22 04:31:31

INIS Hydro Seabed Mapping Project

Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Since January 2011, an ambitious EU-funded seabed mapping project has been surveying and charting 7 key marine areas off the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. Their mission? To harmonise and integrate cross-border baseline marine data collection between the UK and Ireland. Led by the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), INIS Hydro is a groundbreaking scientific partnership between 7 leading marine organisations, drawn from across the British Isles: · Agri-food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI); · Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI); · Irish Marine Institute (MI); · Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB); · Scottish Association for... (read more)
2014-04-07 01:19:35
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