Data Quality

In hydrography, there are many aspects influencing the quality of your data during acquisition, processing and managing the data. This theme gives an overview of articles reflecting on this subject.

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Gathering Data Once, for Multiple Purposes

‘Gather once, use many times’ has applied to bathymetric data gathering for many years, particularly in public bodies and organisations. Whilst understandable and desirable to have one infinitely adaptable dataset appealing to all users, it is mainly driven by th... (read more)
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Rapidly Identifying Patterns and Problems in Multibeam Datasets

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) utilises a diverse suite of survey assets to collect high-resolution oceanographic and hydrographic data in shallow-water areas all over the globe. These assets maintain a high operation tempo, resulting in extremely large data volu... (read more)
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Data Quality

Introducing GIS to Support Maritime Accessibility

With over 500 line connections to and from more than 1,000 ports around the globe, the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands is the cornerstone of international freight transport. It is the perfect base for import an... (read more)

Improving Satellite-derived Bathymetry

Bathymetry is traditionally acquired using singlebeam or multibeam echosounders. This method produces accurate depth measurements along transects but is constrained by operating cost and an inability to survey in very shallow... (read more)

Robust Data in Sensitive Environments

There are settings where an unmanned survey represents more than a safe, cost-effective alternative; it may be the only option. Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA, USA, is such a location. In this article, we report on a recent surv... (read more)

Crowdsourcing Enhances Navigation Awareness

In this internet age, crowdsourcing is fast providing practical contributions to our understanding of the world around us. Whether it be software developed in an open-source environment, inputs from ‘those in the know&r... (read more)

Quality Control of Survey Data

Quality control of survey data is an integral part of any hydrographic survey or inspection operation, but the focus is too often concentrated on the wrong sensors, the carrying out of unnecessary comparisons and ultimately b... (read more)
Data Quality

Opportunistic Multibeam Surveying

Currently only ten to fifteen percent of the ocean floor has been mapped at resolutions of 100-metre pixel size or better and the vast majority of this mapped area is within territorial waters. One way to significantly increa... (read more)

Very Shallow Water Survey - a New Approach

Hydrographic surveys in very shallow waters can have several applications such as nautical chart updating, performing environmental monitoring and characterisation, determination of dredged volumes, establishing navigational... (read more)

Improving Uncertainty Visualisation in ENCs

The visualisation of bathymetric data and associated uncertainty in electronic nautical charts is important when it comes to planning and monitoring a ship’s route safely. However, a study confirmed that the current unc... (read more)

First NOAA Chart Adequacy Workshop

The key objective of the NOAA Chart Adequacy Workshop was to demonstrate techniques to evaluate the suitability of nautical chart products using chart quality information and publicly-available information. The three-day work... (read more)

Great Potential for SAS in Hydrography

Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) has been around for over a decade but its primary purpose has been in mine detection rather than hydrographic surveying. To use SAS effectively a stable survey platform is required such as an au... (read more)
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