World Hydrography Day
5 May 2013
'Hydrography - Underpinning the Blue Economy' is the theme chosen by the International Hydrographic Organization for this year's UN World Hydrography Day on 21st June.
Mindful that the seas and oceans occupy 71% of the world's surface area, the Monaco based inter-governmental agency is highlighting the fact that the so-called global blue economy extends far beyond traditional core maritime activities of fishing, commercial and passenger shipping. Other activities with a call on hydrographic expertise typically involve disciplines such as aquaculture, cables and pipelines, coastal zone management, defence and security, energy and minerals, ocean science and observation, telecommunications, offshore platforms, weather and climate science.
Set against a background where there are more higher resolution maps of the Moon and Mars than there are of most of the world's seas and oceans, the IHO is calling for increased public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyone's life. National hydrographic services and organisations in Australia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, North and South America, Scandinavia, the UK and US are among those expected to host events to celebrate the occasion.