New look for The Hydrographic Journal unveiled at Hydro 2010

15 November 2010

The Hydrographic JournalA new-look autumn edition of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies' flagship publication, The Hydrographic Journal, has been published for distribution to members and others in over 70 countries. Co-edited by Helen Atkinson and David Goodfellow, the 134th issue of the world's sole peer-reviewed print periodical covering hydrographic sciences and associated disciplines has been completely re-designed to provide readers and researchers alike with a more accessible layout and typeface in keeping with modern-day standards and requirements.

Four illustrated papers by authors from Barbados, Canada, Egypt and New Zealand provide the lead items for the makeover issue.  Topics covered are Real-Time Monitoring of Uncertainty Due to Refraction in Multibeam Echosounding (Dr Jonathan Beaudoin of the University of New Brunswick), Anomalies in the Vertical Datums of Barbados, West Indies (Keith Miller of the British University in Egypt's Faculty of Engineering et al), and Charting of the Coastal Environment - Case Study of Mapping Surfing Breaks (Brad Scarfe et al of the University of Waikato and H G Rennie of Lincoln University, New Zealand).  Finally, there's the concluding section of a definitive two-part assessment of early Polynesian endeavours for exploring the Pacific, Navigation & Discovery in the Polynesian Oceanic Empire (Stan Lusby et al of the University of Otago).

Feature articles include considerations for expanding ranges of ENCs prior to mandatory carriage of ECDIS systems in 2012, by Capt Vaughan Nail in his former capacity as UK Deputy National Hydrographer, and deepwater use of AUVs and ROVs by Paul Newman, Offshore Industry Consultant & Trainer for Douglas Westwood Ltd.  There are also reports on the International Federation's Hydro9 conference in Cape Town last November as well as the biennial Oceanology International event in London earlier this year.

Other features comprise a review by Geoffrey Haskins of Seas and Ships and Scientists, a Lutterworth Press book recounting the remarkable story of the UK's National Institute of Oceanography from 1949-1973; the 350-page illustrated paperback is co-edited by a former President of The Hydrographic Society, Sir Anthony Laughton.  Lastly, the features section marks the intoduction of an entirely new column, Backscatter, which traces hydrographic developments and anecdotes over the last 30 years culled from annals of the Journal going back to the early 1970s.

As usual, the concluding Information Bulletin section of the Journal covers current and future world hydrographic developments and activities in addition to providing calendars of forthcoming events.

Non-member subscriber copies of the 80-page Hydrographic Journal are available on request from the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies, PO Box 103, Plymouth PL4 7YP, UK (Tel +44 1752 223512 or


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