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Hydrographic Science

Course titles are listed below along with the major subject matter to be presented. Students who need additional elective courses may choose either MAR or HYD courses as appropriate with the approval of their Advisory Committee.


Required Courses

  • HYD 600 (3 hrs) Classical Geodesy [Fall Semester]
    Properties of the ellipsoid, geodetic principles and coordinate systems, geodetic computations on the ellipsoid, deflection of the vertical, astronomic determinations, horizontal datum definitions, fundamentals of triangulation, trilateration and transverse observations and computations, vertical datums and vertical positioning fundamentals, fundamentals of spirit leveling and computations, observation equation and condition equation models, statistics andexamples in least-squares adjustments, reliability of networks, blunder detection, electromagnetic positioning theory, and acoustic positioning theory.
  • HYD 601 (3 hrs) Hydrographic Data Management [Spring Semester]
    Hydrographic data acquisition and control, methods used for the management of multibeam hydrographic data, including the acquisition, processing, and analysis of such data, in the context of nautical charting cartography and of other related applications, evaluation, analysis and archiving of data, data formats, digitizing and scanning, interactive graphics, data filtering and smoothing, plotting and contouring, digital terrain modeling and visualization, data attribution, data management of large data sets, database management systems, properties of spatial databases, and spatial search techniques.
  • HYD 603 (1 hr) Law and Policy for Hydrographic Science [Summer Term]
    Product liability, contracts, Law of the Sea, delimitation zones, coastal zone management laws, and ocean laws.
  • HYD 604 (3 hrs) Kinematic Positioning [Spring Semester]
    Geometric and dynamic applications of satellites, time systems, orbital geometry and satellite orbit dynamics, GPS and GPS observables, propagation media and sources of error, processing GPS carrier phases, theory of GPS positioning from moving platforms, real-time differential GPS, elevation measurements and computations, propagation of mean and variance-covariance, least-squares adjustments for GPS, vector network adjustments, standards and specifications, planning and project design, field procedures and data collection, data processing and analysis, vector processing strategies, data management, differential correction services, and GPS support on the internet.
  • HYD 605 (3 hrs) Applied Bathymetry [Spring Semester]
    Single beam systems and system selection, sounder calibration and sounding reduction, sounding accuracy and IHO standards, depth data interpretation, acoustic sweeps, side scan sonar and imaging systems, side scan data interpretation, multibeam sonar systems, beam forming, FFT beamformers and array geometries, bottom detection methods, heave, orientation, and other required complementary sensor information, operational issues, field calibrations, sources of error and quality control, acoustic backscatter and classification methods, multibeam data interpretation, data processing and data management, demonstration on naval platforms, laser bathymetry, remote sensing bathymetry, and diver inspection techniques. Prerequisite: MAR 581 or MAR 666 or equivalent and permission of instructor.
  • HYD 606 (2 hrs) Nautical Cartography and GIS [Summer Semester]
    Fundamentals on nautical charts and on ancillary nautical publications. Map projections, chart compilation processes, generalization, symbology, datum issues, transformation of spatial data to different coordinate systems. Digital cartography, vector and raster data, classification, hydrographic objects and their attribution, VPF and IHO S-57 formats, electronic charts and ECDIS. GIS for hydrographic data, object oriented data bases and object management, ENC viewer and Quality Control on ENC releases, and chart updates.
  • HYD 607 (3 hrs) Oceanography for Hydrographers [Fall Semester]
    An integrated approach to the oceanographic operating environment, this course covers physical oceanography and marine geology, and their effects on hydrographic survey operations.
  • HYD 608 (2 hrs) Practical Hydrographic Science [Fall Semester] Nautical charting surveys, surveys for coastal zone management, offshore industrial surveys, instrumentation, specifications, products, route following, data telemetry links, and digital signal processing.
  • HYD 609 (1 hr) Nautical Science [Fall Semester]
    Rules of the road, conventional aids to navigation, warnings, navigation publications, methods of communicating at sea, compasses, safety, ropes and wires, ship behavior, anchoring, pilotage, and small boats.
  • HYD 610 (3 hrs) Hydrographic Science Field Project [Summer Term]
    This course involves 'hands on' experience in planning, conducting, analyzing and preparing a written report for a Hydrographic Science Project conducted in the field.
  • Hyd 611 (3hrs) Remote Sensing for Hydrographers [Spring Semester]Remote sensing principles and photogrammetry for coastline delineation bathymetry, ice mapping, and water column and surface perspective. 
  • HYD 612 (3 hrs) Water Levels [Spring Semester]
    Tidal fundamentals, tidal measurements, using tide gauges, tidal streams, measuring currents, tidal analysis and prediction, use of tide tables, cotidal charts, use of numerical tidal models, non-tidal water level variations, wave characteristics, types of waves, deep-water waves, shallow-water waves, diffraction, dispersion, wave energy, forecasting, generation, interference, measurement, momentum, reflection, refraction, spectra, wave generation theories, and wave velocities. Prerequisite: MAR 561.
  • HYD 620 (3 hr) Math Concepts for Hydrographers [Fall Semester]
    This course provides an introduction to and review of the mathematics and statistics necessary for field hydrographers. Topics covered in this course include linear algebra, probability, statistics, covariance and propagation, least squares methods and adjustments, error propagation, random processes, linear systems and filtering, etc. Practical experience on the above topics are emphasized and conducted using the modern computing environment and MATLAB package.
  • MAR 668 (3 hrs) Applied Ocean Acoustics [Fall Semester]
    Acoustic fundamentals, acoustic propagation losses, acoustic velocity, ray tracing, acoustic noise, acoustic system parameters, acoustic devices, transducers, recording, sounder calibration, sounding reduction, sounding accuracy, acoustic sweeps, side scan sonar, side scan data interpretation, multibeam calibration,multibeam data management, laser bathymetry, remote sensing bathymetry, mechanical techniques, and inspection techniques.