Every year on 21 June, the World Hydrography Day is celebrated, aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of hydrography. This year’s theme is “Hydrographic information driving marine knowledge”. Member States of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) have planned a host of activities to draw people’s attention to the role of hydrographic work and services, including an international symposium in Istanbul on measuring and protecting world oceans, organised by Turkey and Monaco, and events arranged by the IHO and and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, introducing the GEBCO project (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans).
In Estonia, hydrographic information is collected, processed and distributed by the Hydrography Department of the Estonian Maritime Administration. Our qualified hydrographers carry out hydrographic surveys both in sea areas and inland waters on 4 hydrographic vessels. They have also created the Hydrography Information System (HIS) which is freely available to the public on our website and contains data aimed at helping navigators. The data collected and processed by our hydrographers is used by the Cartography Department of the MA for compiling contemporary navigational charts.
More information about the World Hydrography Day can be found on the IHO website.