The Topic will present a series of maps and charts currently available representing the distribution of the major oceanic resources. They are the results of several years of research and exploration programmes, carried out by several nations and compiled by numerous institutions and scientists. Many technologies has been used, since the beginning of the research, from the first voyagers using simple instruments to measure and to navigate the seas to the highly sophisticated satellites used in present investigations.
Map from the Man and the Ocean, a CD-ROM produced by the Russian Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography.
Users can access available maps and related websites by accessing the multimedia and websites listed in the knowledge objects section below.
Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites
22 July 2004
Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins.