National Geographic Features Fledermaus Image

Fledermaus Used as Analysis Tool During Healy Mapping Mission in the Arctic.

Portsmouth, NH, June 05, 2009 --( Larry Mayer, professor at the University of New Hampshire and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/NOAA-UNH Joint Hydrographic Center, used Fledermaus to create image of the Northwind Ridge and beyond during the recent Healy mapping mission in the Arctic.

The focus of the mission is to map the Artic ocean floor in order to substantiate a possible claim to undiscovered oil and gas that may lie beneath the seabed. With rising temperatures melting the polar ice cap, surrounding nations scramble to plot their claims according to the 1994 UN Convention Law of the Sea treaty.

Detailed and interactive maps generated with the Fledermaus software suite allow scientists to determine the shape and geology of the seafloor. Under the UN treaty, if a state or nation wants to grow its maritime boundaries past the customary 200 nautical miles, it must prove that the ocean bottom is continental in origin, or part of the same landmass underwater. Politicians are turning to oceanographers and seismic surveyors like Larry Mayer to help them determine the seafloor's shape and underlying geology to help build their case.

The full article describing the mission can be seen at the National Geographic website.

Interactive Visualization Systems' (IVS3D) was founded in 1995 as the developer of the Fledermaus 3D visualization and analysis software suite. Government, commercial and academic clients in all areas of ocean mapping use the software internationally.

The Fledermaus software stands apart in providing scientists and engineers with interactive and intuitive tools for processing, quality control and analysis of multibeam sonar and related data. Its use significantly improves efficiencies in areas such as; nautical charting, geologic interpretation, the assessment of seabed habitats, planning routes for pipelines and cables, and the identification of geohazards during engineering development.

The company has offices in Canada, USA, and the UK, and a worldwide distribution network.

Carole Mahoney