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INFOMAR launches Operations Brochure and YouTube Channel
Charise McKeon, Marine Geologist, INFOMAR Programme, Geological Survey of Ireland
Two new information streams have been launched by INFOMAR highlighting the upcoming 2013 survey operations in a new brochure and showcasing a series of promotional videos centred on the work carried out by INFOMAR via a dedicated YouTube Channel.
2013 Operational Programme
The 22-page brochure entitled "2013 Operational Programme" highlights the areas to be surveyed this year in addition to key information on INFOMAR survey platforms, data acquisition methods and data types. The brochure is an enhanced version of this annual publication the aim of which is to provide information to the public, private and academic sectors on the work of INFOMAR in a concise and factual format.
The 2013 INFOMAR survey operations will be split into three key areas. The R.V. Celtic Voyager will focus on two coastal target areas; West Clare on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority for Ireland (SEAI) and the South and East Priority Areas. The R.V. Keary, R.V. Geo and R.V. Cusantóir Bradán will focus on the inshore areas to include Dundalk and Carlingford Bay (INISHydro), Dingle Bay, Shannon Estuary and offshore Co. Clare, Blacksod and Broadhaven Bays, Gola Island and Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly. The third key area will be feasibility trials on the use of satellite remote sensing to map Carlingford Lough, Cork Harbour, Lough Foyle and the Shannon Estuary. The operations brochure also shows some of the value added aspects of the INFOMAR programme. A listing of all 23 research projects funded in 2011/2012 is included in addition to some examples of collaborative applications in areas related to INFOMAR activities. A section on Infomar data products and information on how to access this range of items also features. The brochure is available in both hard copy and as a download from http://www.infomar.ie/
INFOMAR YouTube Channel
In addition to the INFOMAR operational programme brochure a series of videos are being made available as part of a new INFOMAR YouTube Channel, highlighting the programme’s objectives. The production of the video series was carried out by The SIXSEM Production Company and covers a range of topics including the overall description of INFOMAR, vessels and equipment used, shipwrecks, life on a vessel, sediment sampling and Oceanography. The YouTube channel link will is available to view via http://www.infomar.ie/
The National Geophysical Data Centre (NGDC) is the US archive for all geophysical datasets including multibeam bathymetric data and presently holds over 15.7 million nautical miles of ship tracklines - 1187 surveys - received from sources worldwide. In addition to deepwater data, the multibeam database also includes hydrographic multibeam survey data from National Ocean Service (NOS). All INSS and INFOMAR raw data is now available for download via this platform and this can be accessed at http://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/multibeam/.
Further information on this international cooperation can also be viewed at http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/bathymetry/multibeam/irish_data.html