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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.
Participants in GEBCO week discuss seafloor mapping and knowledge of the oceans
Over 600 participants from 80 countries gathered online as part of the GEBCO Week to discuss initiatives to map the seafloor and increase our knowledge of the oceans.
IHO releases new standards for hydrographic surveys
The IHO released earlier this month a new edition of the Standards for Hydrographic surveys (S-44). In addition to surveys to support the safety of navigation, these standards can be adapted for oil and gas, renewable energies, dredging, geophysics, and geotechnics.
Audience with HSH Prince Albert II & priorities for the new Directing Committee
The new IHO Directing Committee was presented to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday September 8th 2020.
Vital services continue around the world
Despite the covid-19 pandemic and many people across the world having to work from home, Hydrographic Offices around the globe can be proud of the work they are doing to continue to ensure safety at sea and other vital maritime services. Hydrographic Offices have had to adapt to new circumstances and are successfully ensuring that critical operations move forwards. Maritime Safety Information continues to be shared, NAVAREAs covered, and even the production and maintenance of digital nautical charts (ENCs) and relevant online marine data services is continuing despite constraints linked with the pandemic.
TWCWG - Vertical Reference Frame GNSS Datum details
Tides, Water Level and Currents Working Group (TWCWG) VERTICAL REFERENCE FRAME GNSS DATUMS Datum Details Supplied for General Analysis and Comparison
Brochure, presentation & videos
The Brochure The IH Brochure provides a brief outline of the activities of the International Hydrographic Organization. It is written for a wide audience, catering to all those that have an interest in the safe and efficient navigation of ships, protection of the marine environment and more generally to the improvement of the global economy through the provision of hydrographic services and products. For further information, see IHO Publication M-2. English French The Presentation The IHO Secretariat has produced a generic presentation that desribes the importance of hydrography. The presentation can be downloaded and used as needed. Videos Hydrography involves measuring the depth of the water and fixing the position of all the navigational hazards that lie on the seafloor, such as wrecks and rocks. This is done mainly with specialised ships and boats operating echo sounders and sonars, but also using survey aircraft fitted with lasers. Useful information can also be derived sometimes from satellite observations. Hydrography also involves measuring the tide and the currents. The most well-known application of hydrographic information is for making the nautical charts that all mariners use for navigation. Hydrographic information is required for the safe, efficient and sustainable conduct of every human activity that takes place in, on or under the sea. These videos provide information on the importance of hydrography. ________________________________________________________
IHO-NF GEOMAC Project
Originally started as Japan Capacity Building Project (2009-2013), the Cartography, Hydrography and Related Training (CHART) Project (2014-2019) is now becoming the Geospatial Marine Analysis and Cartography (GEOMAC) project. It aims at providing education programme for young nautical cartographers with cutting-edge knowledge and it is funded from 2020 to 2022 (the GEOMAC12th course in the first year was postponed to restart in September 2021 or later due to the impact of COVID-19), thanks to the generous support from the Nippon Foundation of Japan. This capacity building project has connected the nautical cartography community, currently 94 fellows from 48 countries. The skill and knowledge of this community contributes to solving regional and global challenges beyond the SOLAS obligation.
Special contributions from external donors
In addition to the annual contribution from the IHO Budget approved by Member States, the CB Fund receives donations made by governments, international organizations, funding agencies, associations or private individuals in support of the IHO CBWP.