UAE: Proteus, a provider of satellite-derived bathymetric mapping and seabed classification services, announced that it completed a 200-square-kilometer bathymetric mapping project along the Red Sea coastline in just 10 days. Proteus derived the bathymetric data from DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 high-resolution, 8-band satellite imagery.
“If this project had been undertaken by boat, it would have taken six to eight months due to government permitting requirements and shallow-water navigation obstacles,” said David Critchley, Proteus CEO. “Satellite-derived bathymetric surveys are completed at a fraction of the time and cost, and within geographic locations where ecological constraints, submerged reefs or political issues hamper traditional hydrographic mapping methods.”
Proteus completed the project using a bathymetric and seafloor mapping method developed with its exclusive partner EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG, who specialises in deriving cartographic products from multispectral satellite imagery.
In the Red Sea, the satellite bathymetry process successfully extracted seafloor elevation measurements to depths of 20 meters with a 4-meter point density at distances up to 5-kilometers off the Saudi Arabian Coast. The bathymetric data supported for an environmental assessment being conducted by Sogreah, a French engineering consulting firm, in preparation for construction of a new power plant south of Jeddah.