INFOMAR highlights drones, satellite data use in seabed mapping

Illustration (Photo: INFOMAR)

Seabed mapping experts, marine researchers, and marine technology companies will today gather at the Marine Institute of Ireland to review 10 years of Ireland’s national seabed mapping program.

The INFOMAR annual seminar will also look at latest innovative technology developments including use of drone and satellite technology to assist the seabed mapping program.

The INFOMAR program, jointly managed by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the Marine Institute, is moving into the second phase which is focused on collecting and using seabed mapping data to support marine spatial planning and the sustainable development of sectors such as marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and leisure.

Peter Heffernan, CEO of Marine Institute, said: “It’s exciting to see so many examples here today of researchers, and industry using INFOMAR data collected over the last 10 years with very real benefits to society, across a range of sectors from fisheries to aquaculture, marine renewable energy, and marine tourism and leisure. The Seminar provides a great opportunity to engage with industry, government, the public, and researchers so that we can maximize the benefits and opportunities for Ireland.”

Over 25,000 square km has been mapped since the program began in 2006, providing detailed maps of all 26 bays and three coastal areas which were prioritized for phase one, according to Marine Institute.

Survey activity has now resumed on Ireland’s continental shelf, supporting ocean renewable energy development, fisheries management, and environmental baseline data gathering.

INFOMAR program that aims to create detailed maps of Ireland’s marine territory has been allocated €4 million from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment for 2017.

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