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Using hydrography to adapt to a changing ocean
The marine environment is constantly changing, whether due to variations in the climate, extreme environmental events, or simply the natural movement of tides and currents. Up-to-date hydrographic information enables countries to measure and adapt to these changes.
New chair & vice chair of GEBCO Guiding Committee
Members of the GEBCO Guiding Committee met online 18-20 January to discuss the project’s direction for the coming year, including upcoming initiatives, resource allocation etc. During the meeting, members elected Mr Evert Flier from Norway as the new chair of the Guiding Committee, and Dr Marzia Rovere from Italy as vice chair for 2021 – 2024.
Lebanon joins the IHO
Lebanon has joined the International Hydrographic Organization. By becoming its 94th Member State, Lebanon will benefit from the organization’s resources and expertise in order to improve safety of navigation and contribute to the development of its maritime activities.
IHO Assembly sets the priorities for the next 3 years
The IHO Assembly has finished after 3 days of productive meetings. From 16 to 18 November IHO Member States were able to discuss how to move forward on work items, with the Assembly being held by videoconference.
Updated IHO Geospatial Information Registry
The IHO has released an updated Geospatial Information Registry which now contains over 7000 items for the modelling of oceanic data.
New guide on accuracy of depth information in Electronic Navigational Charts - ENCs
Data provided in electronic navigational charts can vary greatly in accuracy depending on when the sea survey to gather the data was carried out, the type of technology used, as well as the seafloor coverage.
New director elected at the IHO
Following the postponement of the IHO Assembly due to the covid-19 pandemic, the IHO Secretariat initiated a remote voting procedure to fill the position of IHO Director which will become vacant in September 2020.
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.