Coastal Mapping During Lidar Conference

Over two days the European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF), taking place at the Salzburg Congress, Austria on 29th and 30th November 2011 will focus on the use of Lidar during two whole sessions dedicated to Coastal Zone, Flood Plain and Bathymetric Lidar.     The gap between land and sea is amongst the most challenging data to acquire. Todd Mitchell, Remote Sensing Manager from Fugro Consultants, addresses the subject of how best to gather survey data in the land/water interface with a review of mobile laser scanning, satellite imagery and airborne geophysical surveys. He will include the advantages and disadvantages... (read more)
2011-11-16 02:36:37

Crossing Thresholds in Seafloor Mapping

Hydro Int’l Interviews Capt. A. Armstrong, NOAA (retd)
US Hydro 2007 Conference takes place this month in Norfolk, Virginia, organised by the Hydrographic Society of America. It will be the eleventh event of its kind, celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of US Coast Survey. The conference will include technical sessions on the latest developments and applications in hydrographic surveying, multi-beam and side-scan sonar, data management, electronic charting, marine archaeology and related topics. Hydro International took this opportunity of interviewing president of the Hydrographic Society of America and regional correspondent for HI, Andy Armstrong. Can you give our readers a brief summary of your career in... (read more)
2007-05-09 12:00:00

Mapping BP Oil Spill Response

The dynamic nature of the BP oil spill has been a challenge for a range of communities - from hotel operators to fishermen to local community leaders. NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior have developed GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse, a site offering a "one-stop shop" for spill response information. The site integrates the latest data the federal responders have about the oil spill's trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources, such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships, into one customisable interactive map.GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse employs the Environmental... (read more)
2010-11-08 03:36:40

Mapping Liquid Water on Mars

To tie in with NASA’s recent announcement about the discovery of liquid water on Mars, Esri has put together an interactive story map showing the craters and canyons on Mars that reveal evidence of water. Watch animations of the recurring slope lineae (water stains) across four different craters and explore satellite imagery and elevation data for the 'Red Planet'. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during... (read more)
2015-09-30 11:55:57

Follow Underwater Mapping Expedition Live

From now until the end of November 2013, exploration vessel Nautilus will be exploring the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The rotating exploration corps aboard EV Nautilus will be mapping the geological, biological, archaeological and chemical aspects of these regions to depths of approximately 2,000 metres. Discoveries made during the expedition will be shared live on the web via telepresence technology, bringing the unexplored ocean directly to the screens of visitors to the mission's website. The 2013 expedition season consists of multiple cruise legs and will begin off the U.S. coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Subsequent cruise... (read more)
2013-06-25 08:49:14

Coastal Mapping Programme Benefits Taxpayers

For every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Programme, the benefits they receive in return are worth more than USD35, according to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study. The programme provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping America’s official shoreline, which is important for national security, maritime shipping and navigation, and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. The study demonstrates the programme’s contributions in marine safety, geographic information, resource management, and emergency response and the wide range of economic and societal activities it supports. David Kennedy, assistant... (read more)
2012-04-10 04:55:52

Post-IPY: Arctic Mapping Continues

Just as the 1957–1958 International Polar Year (IPY) marked the beginning of a decades’ long effort to map and understand the Arctic Ocean, the present IPY, which ended on 1 March 2009, is being followed by a surge of activity. I am honoured to play a small part in this.   National Geographic's ‘Arctic Landgrab' article (May 2009, vol. 205, no. 5, pp. 104-121) recently showed the areas north of Alaska surveyed by scientists from the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM, 1) in support of a future US submission to the UNCLOS. I have... (read more)
2009-12-04 04:14:50

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
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