Mapping a Roman Shipwreck Site

A 3rd century AD Roman shipwreck site, off the coast of Sicily has been inspiring archaeologists with its array of historical treasures. The wreck site was first discovered in May 2006 under 92 metres of water during a survey of the Sicilian coast. It was an enormous find with an artefact distribution suggesting it was once a vessel 15 - 20 metres long, possibly larger.   Objects recovered from the wreck site included ceramics, concretions and possibly hull timbers. These artefacts are currently undergoing extensive study to identify the date and further detail of the ship and its final journey.... (read more)
2008-07-24 09:52:59

OceanWise to Supply Marine Mapping

UK-based OceanWise has been awarded the framework contract for the supply of marine mapping data to the Scottish government. This award means that OceanWise is now the supplier of choice to all UK government organisations requiring marine data for use in desktop and web GIS, including the Welsh government, Northern Ireland government, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Natural England and the Environment Agency. The framework contract will involve delivery and maintenance of OceanWise’s Raster Charts and its third generation marine mapping product, Marine Themes, which includes a high-resolution Seabed Digital Elevation Model. The data will be delivered as... (read more)
2014-05-08 08:56:06

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

Jason 2 Begins Mapping Oceans

Less than a month after launch, the NASA-French space agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason 2 oceanography satellite has produced its first complete maps of global ocean surface topography, surface wave height and wind speed. The new data will help scientists monitor changes in global sea level and the distribution of heat in the ocean.     This information is used to monitor climate change and ocean circulation, and to enable more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts. The data reveal patterns of sea level anomalies, which are used by scientists to calculate the speed and direction of ocean surface... (read more)
2008-09-03 10:15:33

Integrated Mapping of Seabed Features

Dual use Hydrographic Surveys for Seabed Nature and Morphological Research
The Italian Navy, using survey vessel Ammiraglio Magnaghi and personnel from the “Istituto Idrografico della Marina” (IIM), in cooperation with ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre, surveyed the Levante Canyon system, located in the offshore area of “Cinque Terre”, eastern Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean. The purpose of the operation in the area depicted in figure 1 was on the one hand to collect the data necessary for the updating of nautical documentation and on the other hand to carry out scientific research on the seabed nature and specifically on deep coral banks. Italian Navy Ships are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and... (read more)
2014-10-06 02:21:18

ESRI Mapping Center Improving Maps

ESRI has launched Mapping Center, a new website that helps users learn about cartographic concepts and best practices for mapmaking with ArcGIS. The site is designed to provide quick answers to mapmaking problems. Site visitors will find information and sample maps displaying a wide variety of cartographic techniques and effects along with tips and instructions on how to reproduce the featured effects on their own maps.   The application aims to encourage ArcGIS users to employ the same concepts when using geographic information system software that professional cartographers do when making maps. ESRI thus identifies and supports members of the... (read more)
2007-07-10 12:00:00

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
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