World Hydrography Day Seminar & Dinner

21 June, 2017 all-day
Tracy Village Social & Sports Club
28 Tambling Terrace
Lyons NT 0810

The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute in conjunction with the Australasian Hydrographic Society will be holding a World Hydrography Day (WHD) seminar and dinner in Darwin on 21 June 2017.

Many end users of spatial data may not be directly involved in hydrographic surveying but will have some link to the outputs. To understand what hydrographic surveyors can provide your spatial profession you should consider attending this seminar and realise your unknown connection.

Areas where hydrographic surveying influences other spatial sciences and are intended topics of the seminar include:

  • LiDAR deployment from boat – links with all of the other SSSI Commissions, infrastructure, environmental monitoring;
  • ROV operations – links to engineers, infrastructure inspection, environmental science;
  • Feature detection using Sonar, Magnetometer – links to pipeline survey, ports and harbour navigational safety, UXO (Unexploded Ordnance);
  • Depiction and modelling of bathymetry Bathy – links to GIS;
  • The land/sea interface and the linkages to the vertical datum and mapping;
  • Drone work – links to remote sensing; etc

The WHD theme for the seminar is “Mapping our seas and oceans – more important than ever.” This theme will raise awareness that depths have not been directly measured in about 50% of the World’s coastal waters and about 90% of the oceans. Further, it raises awareness of the current lack of comprehensive data to underpin many maps and charts of the seas and oceans. It will help promote and encourage innovative supplementary data gathering and data maximizing initiatives already under investigation in the IHO, including crowd-sourced bathymetry (volunteered geographic data) and satellite-derived bathymetry.

The theme will also help to promote the increasing role of those involved in hydrography in maritime spatial data infrastructures and the benefits of making hydrographic data accessible to the widest possible audience for uses that go well beyond the safety of navigation.

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