The S+SNZ Hydrography Professional Stream (HPS) exists to represent and support those S+SNZ members who are either involved, or interested in hydrography.
World Hydrography Day is celebrated annually, on 21 June, to publicise and encourage increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, (United Nations Resolution A/60/30 dated 29 November 2005).
Hydrography underpins almost every activity associated with water bodies (sea, lakes and rivers), including:
- supporting safe and efficient navigation
- port and shipping channel safety including monitoring tidal information and channel dredging
- resource consent mapping and management
- exploitation and management of fishing, minerals, and seabed resources
- coastal zone management
- positioning of oil-rigs, pipelines and sub-sea cables
- environmental protection and management
- maritime boundary delimitation
- national marine spatial data infrastructures
- recreational boating
- design and engineering of dams and lakes for hydroelectric projects
- land reclamation surveys.
- information that support maritime defence, security and commercial fishing tsunami flood and inundation modelling
The HPS seeks to provide value to S+SNZ Members by:
- establishing effective relationships and communication with relevant industry practitioners, central and local government groups, professional bodies and training providers
- advocating for HPS members and within the industry
- assisting those HPS members seeking professional Hydrographic accreditation
- supporting the S+SNZ continuing professional development(CPD) programmes to improve best hydrographic practice
- facilitating communication between HPS members.