Two New Oceanographic Vessels Will Join the NOAA Fleet

NOAA is in the process of acquiring two new oceanographic ships as part of the agency’s fleet rebuilding effort. Once in service, the new ships will support a wide variety of missions, ranging from general oceanographic research and exploration to marine life, climate and ocean ecosystem studies. The first ship, to be named Oceanographer, will be homeported in Honolulu. The second ship, to be named Discoverer, will be assigned a homeport at a future date. Both ships will continue the legacies of their namesakes, the first Oceanographer having served in the agency’s fleet from 1966 to 1996 and her sister... (read more)
2020-02-13 09:25:40

Easy Ways to Utilize Hydrographic Survey Data

Maritime software company QPS and GISGRO, an online platform created by the Finnish high-tech company VRT Finland, have joined forces to enhance the utilization of hydrographic data. Integration of the two software in March 2020 will provide hydrographic surveyors with an easy way to share the complex 3D data with their clients, who can gain major benefits by further sharing and utilizing the data in their daily operations. Digital 3D modelling has reached the underwater world; for example, in forms of seabed scanning for safe navigation and scanning of underwater structures for maintenance purposes. The constantly growing amount of digital... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:31:19

Woolpert Starts Acquiring Bathymetric Lidar Data of Saint Lucia’s Coastal Zone

The Woolpert-GDS Joint Venture (JV) has been contracted to acquire topographic and bathymetric lidar data of the Caribbean island Saint Lucia’s entire landmass and coastal zone. The contract was signed under the World Bank’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), which aims to measurably reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change in Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean Region. High-resolution, 3D lidar data has proved effective around the world in mapping and modelling landscapes and environments, helping policy-makers make informed decisions about how best to utilize resources to prepare for and recover from weather-related disasters. Flood Modelling According to a... (read more)
2020-02-11 09:25:57

RRS Discovery Sets Sail Along the Drake Passage for Hydrographic Survey

Recently, RRS Discovery set sail from Chile to begin a hydrographic survey along the Drake Passage. As part of the ORCHESTRA programme, the expedition team will take measurements of ocean temperature, salinity, oxygen isotopes, and currents to help them quantify how the Southern Ocean stores and transports heat. They will also be taking measurements of nutrient cycles and of microplastic pollution. ORCHESTRA is a NERC-funded Long Term Science programme that involves scientists from many NERC Centres. This ambitious 5-year project began in spring 2016 and will use a combination of data collection, analyses and computer simulations to radically improve our... (read more)
2020-02-11 09:15:44

Mark Jonas

Mark Jonas has over 20 years commercial experience in the industry. He has a unique blend of experience in oceanographic surveying, environmental data processing and long-term data management and archive. This includes the development of computer hardware and software tools and incorporation of the data in a variety of CAD, Spatial Databases and GIS Systems. When those systems can’t solve the problem, he does a bit of programming! Mark also has had extensive experience in mathematical modelling which has provided him with the capability to manipulate data from initial collection through to post-processing and final analysis. When he’s allowed to... (read more)
2020-02-07 10:00:55

This Is How Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights From the First Commercial Use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2020-01-13 02:23:12

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Jamie McMichael-Phillips Appointed Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Jamie McMichael-Phillips, the new director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, has now taken up his position in leading one of the most challenging projects of the next decade, the mapping of the entire ocean floor by the year 2030. The announcement of his appointment was made at a conference held at the Royal Society in London, in October. Entitled ‘From Vision to Action’, the meeting, which brought together some of the world’s leading scientists and maritime organizations, was convened to mark the progress made in the two years since Seabed 2030 was launched, and to look ahead to... (read more)
2019-12-19 09:05:26

Scientists Map Huge Blocks on the Seabed from the Recent Eruption of the Anak Krakatau Volcano

An international team of scientists has mapped huge blocks on the seabed from the recent eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano, Fox News reports. The Indonesian island volcano erupted in December 2018. The eruption caused part of the island in the Sunda Strait to collapse into the sea, triggering a tsunami that killed at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java. Located within the caldera of the devastating 1883 Krakatau volcano, Anak Krakatau’s collapse left massive chunks of rock lying on the seafloor, according to scientists. Earlier this year experts mapped the seabed using bathymetric technology, which analyzes underwater terrain.... (read more)
2019-12-17 09:51:00

How Data Can Be Used To Support Safety In Inshore Waters

The Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing, has completed a 'Big Data' project which sought to investigate how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. The focus of the project “has been the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and inshore waters”. OceanWise, marine data experts and provider of a range of intelligent marine data (mapping) products, has provided the mapping data for situational awareness and to allow multiple sources of data to be integrated using location as... (read more)
2019-12-04 11:35:26
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