Mappers Look to Chart World’s Ocean Floor by 2030

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Using data collected from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, a new scientific project aims to map the ocean floor by 2030 and solve one of the world’s enduring mysteries. With 190 million square km (73 million square miles) of water - or about 93 percent of the world's oceans with a depth of over … [Read more...]

NOAA Maps 170 Years of Tropical Cyclones

The Environmental Visualization Lab at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released these images showing worldwide tropical cyclone activity over a 170-year period. The images depict data for a total of 11,967 cyclones recorded from 1842 to 2012 and are all assembled into a single database called IBTrACS. Along with track data the IBTrACS database also … [Read more...]

NOAA Releases New Viewer for Earth’s Ocean Floor

NOAA this week has released a new viewing tool that allows easier access to sea floor maps and other data on the world's coasts, continental shelves and and deep ocean. The new online viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue, including the latest high-resolution bathymetric (i.e. the underwater equivalent to hypsometry or topography) data collected … [Read more...]

BSEE and NOAA Partner to Develop Interactive Arctic Oil Spill Response Mapping

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today they are partnering to enhance the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) for the Arctic region by summer 2012. ERMA is the same interactive online mapping tool used by federal responders during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. … [Read more...]

NOAA Ship Fairweather sets sail to map areas of the Arctic

NOAA Ship Fairweather, a 231-foot survey vessel, departed Kodiak, Alaska, today on a mission to conduct hydrographic surveys in remote areas of the Arctic where depths have not been measured since before the U.S. bought Alaska in 1867. NOAA will use the data to update nautical charts to help mariners safely navigate this  important but sparsely charted region, which is now … [Read more...]