The oceans are a very fragile environment whose exploitation must be carefully managed. It is the work of the hydrographer to chart this great frontier and to provide the expertise for their exploration and development.
Traditionally, the hydrographer has been associated with making the nautical charts that allow ships to navigate the world in safety but, as a science and profession, hydrographic surveying has evolved into an exciting, multi-disciplinary, and well-paying occupation.
The hydrographer is involved with every aspect of the collection, analyses, and management of oceanographic data that has applications for:
As a specialty area within the Marine Science undergraduate program, students take the following categories of courses:
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available.
The degree includes additional courses in cartography, 3D positioning, acoustics, remote sensing, and fulfills the International Hydrographic Organization’s requirements for a Category B hydrographic surveyor professional certification.
Students learn how to drive a small boat; receive hands-on training in hydrographic equipment and software; to collect, analyze and manage large data sets; and receive in-depth knowledge of advanced concepts in 3-d positioning and sonar portrayals of the ocean floor.
Graduates of this program obtain jobs with NOAA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, foreign hydrographic services, international survey companies, and geophysical exploration companies. They work with a team of professionals that makes a difference for safety of life at sea, the maritime transportation infrastructure, energy independence, coastal development, or national security.
Introduction to navigation including rules of the road, nautical charts and navigational publications; overview of safety and seamanship, including safe practice and ship behavior
Geodetic systems, coordinate systems, methods for static and dynamic GNSS, positioning, angular and distance measurements
Best practices for tide gauge installation, the use SB and MB echo sounders for hydrography, principles and geometry of side-scan sonars, and integration of GNSS and motion sensors
Students working as a hydrographic survey team must demonstrate capabilities in all facets of hydrography in the completion of a small project.
Students working as a hydrographic survey team must demonstrate practical capabilities to process and analyze collected data that meet international and national standards for quality survey data.
Coordinator & Instructor, Hydrographic Science
Favorite Course: MAR 412
Expertise: Hydrographic Science
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