-- Faculty, researchers and students from The University of
Southern Mississippi will meet in Biloxi next week to share
their latest work for an international hydrographic conference.
Society of America will host U.S. Hydro 2003 at the Beau Rivage
Resort March 24-28. During the conference, Southern Miss representatives
will offer or contribute to 11 presentations that will feature
technical sessions on the latest developments in hydrographic
surveying, multibeam and side scan sonar, airborne coastal
mapping and charting, data management, and electronic charting.
Bisnath, assistant research scientist with Southern Miss'
Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC) at Stennis Space
Center, will present two papers at the conference.
first paper deals with our work at the HSRC in monitoring
wave heights and tides using GPS receivers placed on buoys
anchored in the Mississippi Sound," Bisnath said.
from these Global Positioning System receivers can then be
used by hydrographic surveyors to remove those localized height
effects as they chart the underwater landscape of the Mississippi
makes for more accurate surveys, Bisnath said, since the boats
on which the side scan and multibeam sonar is mounted will
encounter similar wave action to these GPS buoys.
papers and presentations share information gained from research
by the scientists and staff of the HSRC and the Department
of Marine Science.
Dodd, coordinator of the hydrographic science program at Southern
Miss, will present an overview of the most recent field project
by hydrography students at the Stennis teaching site. Students
surveyed a section of the Pearl River near the Stennis Space
Center in the summer of 2002 and that data has already been
useful to the U.S. Navy and commercial interests in navigating
Rafael Ponce of the Mexican Navy, a student in the hydrography
master's program at Southern Miss, will present a paper on
improvements in the Mexican Hydrographic Office.
Smith, a research scientist with the HSRC who manages the
Electronic Chart Information and Display Systems (ECDIS) Laboratory
at Stennis, will discuss the origin and evolution of the ECDIS
Lab, which evaluates the capability and limitations of electronic
charting systems, data, and products.
2003 is a continuation of the series of hydrographic conferences,
workshops and exhibitions that alternate between the United
States and Canada.
is a nonprofit organization that promotes education in hydrography,
the charting of bodies of water.
of the College of Marine Sciences, the Department of Marine
Science is strategically located at Stennis Space Center in
Hancock County, Miss., home to the world's largest population
of oceanographers and hydrographers. The department offers
both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and a
master's degree in hydrographic science.