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Ems-Dollart estuary – Did Germany and the Netherlands really agree on the disputed boundary recently?

»Germany and the Netherlands settled a dispute regarding the border in the Ems estuary which endured for centuries. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Bert Koenders signed the respective treaty.« This or similar headlines could be read in the newspapers in autumn 2014. It gives the impression that finally a border between the two countries has been agreed upon in that area. In fact, the treaty consolidates the contrary. But although both partners agree that they don’t agree on that boundary, they found another pragmatic solution which fits in the line of treaties in the Ems-Dollart area and which fixes substantial and for practical matters particularly important aspects. This solution is yet another example of the excellent and pragmatic cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany.

Ems-Dollart estuary | boundary delineation | UNCLOS | Law of the Sea | talweg | EEZ | Borkum Riffgat

Ausgabe: HN 100 Seite: 20–22
DOI: 10.23784/HN100-04
Autor/en: Thomas Dehling

How deep is deep enough? – Anchor penetration tests in the German Bight to optimise burial depth for subsea power cables

»How deep does an anchor penetrate the sea-floor?« This question has been examined by a team of scientists and technicians in Germany. The motivation for this largescale fieldwork was the use of sea cables for shore connections to offshore wind farms in the German Bight. The current regulations prescribe a burial depth of 3 m when sea cables cross shipping channels. The reason for this increase is to guard against the risk factors arising from anchor manoeuvres in emergency and disaster situations. Conversely, implementing a burial depth of 3 m is technically very ambitious as well as being very costintensive.

subsea power cable | grid connection | anchor penetration test | hydrographic survey | German Bight

Ausgabe: HN 100 Seite: 16–19
DOI: 10.23784/HN100-03
Autor/en: Christian Maushake

Extensive sheet pile wall inspection in the Port of Hamburg

In spring 2014 a survey was conducted in the Port of Hamburg to examine the condition of a quay wall. For this purpose Kongsberg Maritime Embient GmbH (KMEMB) introduced a three-stage inspection concept, which provides, according to the current state-of-the-art sonar-techniques, best possible information and analysis of the inspected object, while significantly reducing survey time and costs related to the inspection. On basis of the survey data, a complete picture of the quay wall was created. Several areas of specific interest have been detected, such as bended sheet piles, scouring and distorted steel plates.

quay wall inspection | underwater inspection | MBES | multi-frequency scanning sonar | 3D modelling

Ausgabe: HN 100 Seite: 12–15
DOI: 10.23784/HN100-02
Autor/en: Isabell Mücke

Bathmetry of Lake Constance – State-of-the-art in surveying a large lake

In 2014 the by far largest German lake has been newly surveyed. The transnational project is funded by the European Union and delivers a detailed 3D-model of the lakefloor. The German project name is »Tiefenschärfe – Hochauflösende Vermessung Bodensee«, which in English roughly means: high-resolution survey of Lake Constance. The German term »Tiefenschärfe« (in optics and photography: depth of field) plays with the meanings of »Tiefe« (depth) and »Schärfe« (sharpness). The result of the survey shall be a clear and sharp image of the deep and shallow lakefloor. At present the LiDAR and multibeam data are still processed, but first results are presented in this article.

Lake Constance | Tiefenschärfe | IGKB | lake level | geoid | groundwater intrusions | megaripples | pockmarks

Ausgabe: HN 100 Seite: 6–11
DOI: 10.23784/HN100-01
Autor/en: Martin Wessels, Flavio Anselmetti, Roberto Artuso, Ramona Baran, Gerhard Daut, Alain Geiger, Stefan Gessler, Michael Hilbe, Karin Möst, Berthold Klauser, Steffen Niemann, Robert Roschlaub, Frank Steinbacher, Paul Wintersteller, Ernst Zahn

Beyond Bathymetry: Water Column Imaging with Multibeam Echo Sounder Systems

Echo sounder systems represent powerful tools not only to determine the seafloor depth, but also to investigate the water column. The most prominent fields of hydroacoustic water column applications include fish shoal detection and biomass assessments, target detection for military purposes, oil and gas leakage detection, and suspension matter analyses. Multibeam echo sounder systems (MBES) – so far primarily used for bathymetric measurements – are introduced in this study for demonstrating their water column analyses capabilities that become more and more available due to most recent computer power and mass storage advances. Some environmental data are presented in this study showing gas release from the seabed, fish shoals, zooplankton and oceanographic layers to highlight multibeam water column potentials. Moreover multibeam water column assessments are suggested to be valuable for the hydrographer as a supporting tool potentially useful for mitigating MBES survey related conflicts.

Ausgabe: HN 97, Seite 6–10
DOI: 10.23784/HN097-01
Autor/en: Jens Schneider von Deimling and Wilhelm Weinrebe

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