Focus Stories

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

Multibeam Echosounders

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Multibeam Data Processing

Multibeam Data Processing

This article is about the evolution of acoustic sounders imposed on Hydrographic Service’s new methodologies for the interpretation, handling and application of hydrographic...

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Subsea Cable Route Surveying

Subsea Cable Route Surveying

Almost all (99%) international data is transmitted by around 265 subsea cable systems connecting the world. The total length of subsea cables exceeds 1.6 million kilometres, and th...

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Multibeam Echosounders

Opportunistic Multibeam Surveying

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 territ...

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AUVs in Hydrography

AUVs in Hydrography

The US Navy and the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) are committed to realising the vision that Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are available, affordable, and can play...

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Searching for HMS Terror

Searching for HMS Terror

“We know where the target is not located” is the only guaranteed result of any search expedition. This statement does not make for exciting headlines, however, the valu...

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On the Cusp of A New Hydrographic Era

On the Cusp of A New Hydrographic Era

I became director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in late August, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to take the helm at this dynamic time in hydrographic history. We ar...

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Backscatter - From Ping to Database

Backscatter - From Ping to Database

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) is willing to make better use of the backscatter intensity data collected with their multibeam sounding systems. All the backscatter data co...

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Basking in the Dark

Basking in the Dark

Recent hydrographic advances are revolutionising the way the marine environment can be accessed, scanned and quantified. With the emergence of sonar technology and, more recently,...

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Multibeam Echosounders

What About the Other 88%?

What About the Other 88%?

Despite the last decade’s flurry of UNCLOS ECS mapping, the amount of the oceans surveyed remains around 12%. The continuing search for the MH370 wreckage emphasises our scan...

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The Art of Bathymetry

The Art of Bathymetry

Great advancements have been made in three dimensional printing over the last few years and have made an impressionable impact across a variety of industries. 3D printings’ v...

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Developing the Ocean ­Survey Workforce

Developing the Ocean ­Survey Workforce

Developing qualified ocean surveyors for the marine geospatial workforce requires an educational opportunity that goes well beyond the limitation of classroom and laboratory exerci...

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Getting to the Bottom of Our Ocean

Getting to the Bottom of Our Ocean

Two-thirds of our planet surface is covered by water and yet what lies underneath is a mystery to us. We know the ocean controls our weather and climate and is home to an estimated...

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Bering Sea ASV Force Multiplier

Bering Sea ASV Force Multiplier

TerraSond, a hydrographic services company based in Palmer, Alaska (USA), used a C-Worker 5 (CW5) unmanned autonomous surface vessel (ASV) in conjunction with a 105’ (32m) re...

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More than the Common Dataset

More than the Common Dataset

The biennial event Shallow Survey was held in Plymouth, UK, from 14-18 September 2015. The Roland Levinsky building of the university hosted the conference, welcoming over 300 dele...

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