Focus: Inland Water Mapping

Every month we will focus on a specific theme, featuring a selection of articles which have previously been published in Hydro International magazine. By including a mix of older and more recent articles, we will present a complete recap of the subject. Furthermore, we will be bringing you a bi-weekly round-up of ‘Focus Stories’ related to the theme through our newsletter (sign up here). The theme for September 2017 is:

Inland Water Mapping

Even when for inland water mapping the hydrographic techniques are familar, there are special requirements and challenges often due to the specific characteristics of inland survey and positioning. Often it's related to the reduced depth, accessibility or working space. This also creates opportunities to use techniques like airborne Lidar bathymetry or USVs. 

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Unmanned Mapping of Ultra-shallow Waters

Hydrographic surveying in ultra-shallow, inland and enclosed waters can prove extremely challenging and often presents increased risks and obstacles to both personnel and equipment. These considerations include health and safety issues, potential damage to equipment, lack of... (read more)

Changes to Data Sourcing in Modern Times

Seaports, waterways and climate are inextricably linked. Weather anomalies change bottom contours and destroy aids to navigation, compromising safety. In the past decade maritime applications, maturing marine technologies and crowdsourcing have given mariners access to near-... (read more)
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Riverbed Surveying

In order to meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD), authorities face the problem of performing area-wide surveys of all kinds of inland waters repeatedly. Especially for mid-sized and small rivers, a traditional survey approach imposes almos... (read more)

Effective Surveying Tool for Shallow-water Zones

A recent article provides an overview of satellite-derived bathymetry methods and how data can be integrated into survey campaigns, and showcases three use cases. Bathymetric data in shallow-water zones is of increasing importance to support various applications such as safe... (read more)
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Inland Water Mapping

Hydrography for Continental Streamflow Modelling

Land surface hydrography now supports the modelling of continental-scale streamflow at high resolution and in near real time. The US National Hydrography Dataset contains about 2.7 million stream segments averaging 2km in length. This database establishes a national topologi... (read more)

The WTI Field Measurement Programme

Numerical models are used to predict water levels, wave heights and wind fields under extreme storm conditions. This paper aims to give a short overview of the measurements of three field sites in The Netherlands. Validation material for these numerical models is obtained in... (read more)

Improving the Accuracy of ADCP Discharge ­Measurements

There is a key new feature in the discharge measurement software ViSea DAS that allows the user to add a bottom profile. By doing so, side extrapolation from the start and end points of the survey track to the shore is calculated automatically using dGPS positioning. This re... (read more)

Hydrographic Surveying in the Port of London

By the end of this year, the gap will have finally closed on the mandatory requirements for ships to carry an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), with all existing vessels of over 10,000GT being required to be so equipped (all new vessels greater than 3,... (read more)

Integrating UAS and Multibeam Echosounder Data

Knowing the volume of material present in a gravel quarry can make the difference between profit and loss. A gravel quarry in Hartheim am Rhein, southwest Germany, is partially covered by artificial lakes. To determine the volumes of the above-water gravel dumping grounds an... (read more)
Inland Water Mapping

iXblue’s Sub-bottom Profiler Solution

The need for lake & river surveys constantly increases as human activity expands in these areas. While navigation remains a main focus, nowadays other applications such as hydraulic construction inspection, biomass and resource control, pollution tracking or historical s... (read more)

Autonomous Vessel Delivers in Challenging Environment

The hydrographic survey industry is changing and moving away from manned operations in an effort to reduce costs and increase safety. During the Shallow Water Survey 2015 conference this new approach and the associated challenges were assessed by Swath Services during the co... (read more)

Environmental Data ­Sharing and Publishing

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has had an extensive tide gauge network for many years. However, the existing system, installed in the 1990s was becoming increasingly unreliable providing inconsistent information due to a number of factors. There was a pressing need to de... (read more)

World Hydrography Day 2017 for HSB: Looking behind the Dikes

Hydrography is important to visualise the water floor. This can be done in various ways, from using a sounding stick to a remotely controlled singlebeam echosounder or a survey vessel manned 24/7. On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the worlds of dredging and hydrography were united at... (read more)

Reconnaissance Surveying using Satellite-derived Bathymetry

False Pass, AK, USA, is the eastern-most passage through the Aleutian Islands between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean and provides a passage for small to mid-size vessels. The passage is considered an alternative route to Unimak Pass, AK for vessels from mainland Alaska... (read more)
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