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Ocean Decade S-100 Webinar

The IHO Universal Data Model S-100 is like lego blocks for data. This is how Secretary General Dr Mathias Jonas described S-100 during an IHO webinar organized as part of the Ocean Decade Laboratories “A Predicted Ocean”.

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The French Minister for the Sea visits the IHO

Mrs Annick Girardin, French Minister for the Sea, came to the offices of the IHO during an official visit to the Principality of Monaco on Friday 10 September. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Mr Laurent Stéfanini, Ambassador of France to Monaco as well as other government representatives.

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IHO 100 Years

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) turned 100 on 21 June 2021, with an on-site celebration in Monaco which was broadcast live online.

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World Oceans Day video

How can mapping the seabed contribute to initiatives like the Ocean Decade? The IHO produced a video for World Oceans Day which highlights some of the ways hydrography can contribute to increasing our knowledge of the ocean. 

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Progress on Hydrographic Standards and Services

On 3 May 2021 a 3-day meeting spanning across all time zones began, with sessions starting at 01:00 in the morning for some, ending at 3:00 AM. for others, 120 participants, 29 IHO Member States from Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East, South Pacific, 5 NGIOS, 8 industry partners, user representatives… 12 working groups and project teams, an enlightening stakeholders’ session on the theme “Requirements and suggestions for the S-100 Implementation Decade in Navigation Systems – An industry and user perspective”, and more than 20 hydrographic existing and future standards under the spotlight, more than 70 decisions and actions to move forward - that was the 13th annual meeting of the IHO Hydrographic Services & Standards Committee chaired by M. Magnus Wallhagen, from the Swedish Maritime Authority.

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The BGR provides high resolution data for the Pacific and Indian Oceans

The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is participating in the IHO-led efforts to increase knowledge of the ocean and has shared high resolution depth data for the German contract areas for deep-sea exploration granted by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  The BGR provided gridded data for 85.000 km² at a resolution of 120 x 120 meters.

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Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group Discusses How to Increase Available Data

The IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group (CSBWG) held its 10th meeting last week. 56 IHO Member State and stakeholder representatives gathered online to discuss how to increase crowdsourced data around the world and address data quality in the Great Barrier Reef, the Canadian Arctic coast, Japan and China as well the super yacht, commercial survey and private chart sectors.

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IHO and CIESM renew their cooperation

IHO and CIESM have renewed their Scientific Cooperation Agreement for the next 4 years. This will provide a framework for active cooperation between the two intergovernmental organizations dedicated to marine science.

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Meeting of the IHO Tides, Water Level and Currents Working Group

The IHO Working Group tasked to monitor and develop the use of tidal, water level and current information as well as to advise on their observation, analysis and prediction, held its 5th meeting 16-18 March.

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