Variable Resolution Bathymetric-Gridding Technology for Nautical Charting: Case Study CHRT Data


This paper describes some of the tools and challenges associated with processing gridded variable-resolution bathymetry for use in nautical charting. Gridded data specifications for the navigation surface are ultimately dictated by the requirements for seafloor coverage and feature detection. It is vital to ensure that the piecewise-variable resolution of desired bathymetric content is accurately portrayed throughout the processes of visualization and product generation. Test data from NOAA hydrographic surveys that incorporate a variety of echo-sounder types (acoustic frequencies, beam widths) and bracket a wide range of bathymetry (depth and slope ranges, isolated features) are examined. Variable resolution grids are assembled from the CUBE with Hierarchical Resolution Techniques (CHRT) algorithm. The impact of variable resolution on bathymetric data exchange and standards thereof (BAG, S-102) is also discussed.


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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U.S. Hydrographic Conference

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March 25-27, 2013

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New Orleans, LA, USA


International Hydrographic Organization

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Conference Proceeding

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