MESH Website And ‘Guide To Marine Habitat Mapping'

JNCC has launched the new MESH website. The site has been enlarged and completely redesigned to reflect the enormous number and range of products that the project has generated over the last four years.   As well as the previously available MESH webGIS, Metadata Catalogue and Seabed Signatures Catalogue, a significant number of new features have been added, such as: MESH Guide to Habitat Mapping: describes the whole seabed mapping process from project planning and scoping, through the field work, to producing and using the final maps. MESH Confidence Assessment Tools: multi-criteria, systematic, confidence assessment methodology of its kind to... (read more)
2007-10-19 11:14:23

Laser-Scan Support for UKHO

Laser-Scan has signed a contract with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Ministry of Defence, for the support and maintenance of key operational production systems. The contract provides the UKHO with continued maintenance for two years to support chart production systems covering 3,300 charts. This includes both the Standard Navigational charts in paper form, and raster as the Admiralty Raster Chart Service (ARCS). The arrangement incorporates a Site Licence that will allow the UKHO to flexibly deploy and extend their existing application licences to meet developing operational scenarios. The support and maintenance element includes the application and database architecture suite... (read more)
2004-05-27 12:00:00

Improving Hydrographic Information

Zones of Confidence for New Zealand
In July 2004 HSA Systems Ltd (HSA) commenced an 18-month project for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to assess and assign Zones of Confidence (ZOCs) to all hydrographic surveys incorporated in 138 hydrographic charts of New Zealand. This article provides an overview of the process to create a detailed picture of the quality and extent of New Zealand’s hydrographic survey resource. The ZOC project required each hydrographic survey to be assessed in relation to the data quality aspects of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) S-57 Standard. The project team assessed in excess of 1,792 hydrographic survey fair sheets and allocated... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography's Role in Marine Boundary Delimitation

As human use of the oceans continues to grow both in spatial scope of operations and diversity of activities, the use of hydrographic charts in roles other than navigation is expanding. Charts and hydrographic products are increasingly used for a vast range of activities, including the delineation and demarcation of boundaries. On land, boundary delimitation comprises three steps: 1. definition, or specifying the ‘locus’ of the boundary in the wording of law; 2. delineation, describing the location of the boundary on maps or by co-ordinates and; 3. demarcation, the process of physically marking the geographical location of a boundary. On... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Streaming Cloud-based ENC Data for a Real-time ECS

A Cloud-based Infrastructure Specifically Designed for Marine Navigation
NaAVIC is a free and downloadable electronic voyage application that goes beyond the traditional Electronic Chart System (ECS) app whereby the data, including the ENC information, does not physically reside within the onboard computer. Instead, all the data is streamed from an up-to-date database that exists in the cloud. The on-demand data delivery model is not confined to conventional chart data. Whilst it includes ENC-derived data as a base layer, it is also designed to take additional data layers. These layers can be user-selected according to their needs to enhance the ECS capabilities. For example, the list can include raster... (read more)
2018-10-16 03:50:11

MSDI at the Flemish Coastal Division

Developing a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure in Flanders, Belgium
The Flemish Hydrography, part of the Flemish government in Belgium, is currently setting up and integrating a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) for the Belgian coast, the canal Ghent-Terneuzen and the River Scheldt. This process will be done in three consecutive phases, of which the first is nearing its testing phase. The newly developed MSDI will harmonise the data between land and sea. Not only within the Flemish government, but worldwide a shift can be seen in the appreciation and implementation of SDIs. Spatial Data Infrastructures tend to prove their use in all sorts of fields, ranging from spatial planning... (read more)
2011-03-16 12:16:00

MESH Maps Come Online

A Framework to Support Seabed Habitat Mapping
An international team of scientists, working over the last four years, has developed a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats (MESH). The project achievements far exceeded those originally planned, and the Partners are eager the standards, protocols, tools, techniques and guides produced are adopted by a wider group of marine surveyors. This article describes some of the key outputs of the project including an online meta-database of over 1,000 seabed surveys; a mapping website – the MESH webGIS launched in January this year; and the first unified seabed habitat map of north-west Europe. The work undertaken through MESH makes an... (read more)
2007-07-13 12:00:00

Making MSDI a Reality!

This is a report on the first IHO sponsored Database Design and Management Training Course delivered to the East Asian Hydrographic Commission. The hydrographic community is tackling some of the difficult issues associated with data management and publishing through a modular capacity building workshop approach, combining theoretical knowledge with practical group exercises, problem solving and applications development. This article describes one such workshop and reports on the outcomes. The workshops address why data management, database design and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) development is important and the differences these make in developing a best practise and sustainable approach to hydrographic and... (read more)
2011-09-08 02:40:10

ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal Extension Speeds Data Discovery

Esri expands the power of geoportals with the release of the ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal extension. The extension allows organisations to quickly set up websites, called geoportals that help them manage and share their geospatial information externally with the public or internally with employees. Geoportals manage resources by registering (storing and cataloging) the resources' metadata. At version 10, the extension provides tools to simplify registering, managing, using, and integrating these resources by introducing server-side resource synchronization, which replaces the harvesting tool and services from earlier versions. Once a resource is registered with the geoportal, the geoportal will monitor the resources... (read more)
2010-09-13 09:16:21

IMarEST Opens Virtual Library for Members

Having demonstrated its Virtual Library to great acclaim at SMM in Hamburg in September 2012, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST, UK) has made the service available to all members online. Members can access the Virtual Library and existing ‘eBook Collection’, via a webpage. Providing access to the full text and metadata of thousands of academic journals, trade magazines, market reports and news providers from publishers across the global engineering, scientific and technology community, The Discovery Service, provides yet another significant benefit for the Institute’s 15,000 members around the world. Visitors can also access the new Discovery... (read more)
2012-10-11 09:59:47
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