Surveying in Polar Bear Country by Helicopter and Icebreaker

23 February 2010

More than 30 members and guests attended the first meeting of 2010 of the Hydrographic Society Denmark which was held in the Danish Maritime Safety Administration's (DaMSA) premises in Copenhagen.

Guest speakers for the evening were the hydrographic surveyors Morten Soelvsten and Uni Bull (Danish Hydrographic Service) who managed to take some time out of their very busy schedules to address the meeting. They spoke on the subject of 'Surveying in Polar Bear Country by Helicopter and Icebreaker.'

The Danish Continental Shelf Project is a co-operation between various institutions in Denmark.  DaMSA is responsible for bathymetric data collection and analysis. As part of the bathymetric data collection linked to the project in the area north of Greenland, three of Danish Hydrographic Service's employees - Henrik Agner, Uni Bull and Morten Soelvsten were sent to the Arctic.

This mapping of the continental shelf will be the basis of the Danish Commonwealth claim submission to UNCLOS before the end 2014.

The two Danish hydrographers on the ice -   Research Icebreaker Oden can be seen in the backgroundUni Bull talked about measurement with multibeam onboard the Swedish Research Icebreaker Oden and Morten Soelvsten reported on single beam survey from the ice surface by helicopter in the Arctic.

During the meeting former HSD Chairman, Martin Kilt, took to the podium to tell the audience about a similar expedition he took part in 42 years ago. Martin presented old photographs and provided detailed explanations and anecdotes for each. Many of the survey principles were just the same although positioning is obviously a lot simpler today thanks to GPS.

The dates of the next meeting and the Annual General Meeting will be announce on the HSD website.

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