Welcome to Shallow Survey 2018


Welcome to the Shallow Survey 2018 website, home to information about the 8th International Conference on High Resolution Surveys in Shallow Water. This is the first time the Shallow Survey conference has been held in Canada and the Organizing Committee looks forward to welcoming you to St. John’s, North America’s oldest city and favourite watering hole for James Cook and his crew. The objective of this important gathering of the hydrographic community is to facilitate an in-depth (pun intended) exploration of advancements in the science and technology of shallow water survey. 

Depending on your perspective, ‘shallow water’ can mean different things to different people.  To the average mariner, ‘shallow water’ is where ships go bump in the night.  In military parlance – the littoral zone – where the effects of tidal and longshore currents and breaking waves are at play.  For the purpose of past Shallow Survey meetings ‘shallow’ is taken to generally indicate an emphasis on ports, harbours and coastal areas.

Shallow Survey 2018 will cover a wide swath of approaches to shallow water hydrography – from multibeam, to swath (or swathe), to LiDAR, to satellites; AUV’s, ASV’s, UAV’s, and advanced data processing, fusion and visualization techniques - highlighting both the practical developments in these technologies, as well as advancements in our understanding of the seabed gained as a result.  There can be little question that the technologies being developed to address current and future hydrographic requirements are enabling the hydrographic community to ask questions and set standards that were previously not practical to even consider.

“Hydrography is the branch of applied sciences which deals with the measurement and description of the physical features of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers, as well as with the prediction of their change over time, for the primary purpose of safety of navigation and in support of all other marine activities, including economic development, security and defence, scientific research, and environmental protection. International Hydrographic Organization

Now available: Shallow Survey Common Dataset Available for Purchase