Singapore: EOMAP Asia Pacific has launched a detailed dataset for the islands in South China Sea. The dataset was generated by satellite-derived bathymetry techniques.
The islands of the South China Sea are surrounded by water deeper than 1000m, which is assumed to hold extensive of oil and gas reserves. Data about the underwater topography are outdated or not accessible. Instead of relying on acoustic or airborne methods to map the over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs and sandbanks, EOMAP used satellite image technologies, a rapid and cost effective solution.
AS Mittal, CEO EOMAP Asia Pacific commented, that “Such techniques from satellite allow us to map these islands from space and provide options for continuous mapping at regular intervals. We will continue to monitor these areas for changes and provide such detailed reports to anyone who subscribes to our monitoring services. ”
The data are available in a 15m bathymetric grid and on request in a 2m or even sub meter grid using the most recent satellite imagery. With the clear water conditions of the South China Sea water depth up to the 25m contour line could be mapped.