IFHS Student Award winners for 2018 and 2019 announced

15 July 2019

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Last month, in the run-up to World Hydrography Day (WHD) 2019, the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) announced the winners of its prestigious Student Award for 2018 and 2019.

Newly appointed Chairman, Eric Langlois, presented Hamza Mazih and Christopher Haddon with their £1,500 (GBP) prizes and commemorative certificates at an evening ceremony in Marseille, France, on Monday 17th June.

Hamza, who was nominated by the Francophone Hydrographic Society (AFHy), won the 2018 award for his paper entitled Implementation of a protocol for acquisition and processing of strapdown gravity data from airborne inertial navigation system to compute geoid models in coastal areas. Hamza, who graduated the MSc Hydrography at ENSTA Bretagne in France last autumn, is now employed by Fugro.

Christopher's 2019 award-winning paper provided Insights into embayment-scale sediment dynamics using MBES multispectral backscatter at Perranporth, UK. Nominated by The Hydrographic Society UK, Chris received the honour just days after completing his BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration & Surveying at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is due to start work with MMT in the coming weeks.

Earlier the same day, Hamza and Chris both presented their research work to an international audience attending an IFHS one-day hydrography workshop, which formed part of the world-renowned Oceans 19 conference in Marseille. The workshop programme also addressed topical matters such as survey standards, crowdsourced bathymetry, data rescue, capacity building, hydrographic education and individual certification.

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