Ocean Mapping M.S.

A degree option in Ocean Mapping is for students who wish to prepare for careers in such areas as federal and institutional marine research, federal and international positions in hydrographic surveying, the environment, private sector offshore mineral resources exploration industries, and marine hardware and software development. The study of ocean mapping is a key niche in the ocean technology field.

Hydrography, in the context of this program, is the measurement and definition of the configuration of the bottoms and adjacent land areas of oceans, lakes, rivers, harbors, and other water areas, and the tides (or water levels) and currents that occur in those bodies of water. It includes elements of both physical oceanography, and surveying and mapping. Ocean mapping is a broader concept that includes not only the elements of hydrography, but also encompasses such topics as the geologic characterization of the seabed and the mapping of living resources and habitats.

The curriculm for the M.S. Earth Sciences: Ocean Mapping Option can be found at http://ccom.unh.edu/ms-earth-sciences.

More information about CCOM (Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping), which oversees this degree program, can be found at http://ccom.unh.edu/.

For additional information, please contact:

James Gardner
ocean mapping, image analysis methods
Joel E. Johnson
marine geology, sedimentology
Tom Lippmann
oceanography, hydrography
Larry A. Mayer
marine geology, ocean mapping


James M. Pringle
physical oceanography


Doug Vandemark
air-sea interaction and ocean remote sensing


Larry G. Ward
sedimentology, coastal processes