Mapping and naming

I have brief chat today with Peter Hunter, an oceanographic cartographer who tells me more about the processes whereby seamounts and rifts are named. Nowadays it is more formal process than previously and subject to agreement by the country whose waters the feature is found within. Apparently it is usual to choose a name, which marks a connection with the site or operates a gesture of respect towards a contributor to the field. No celebrities or politicians yet. Historically more of a sense of humour seems to have prevailed however as evidenced by the naming of areas of the Rockall Plateau after parts of Middle Earth as described by J. R. R. Tolkien: Eriador Seamount, Rohan Seamount, Gondor Seamount, Fangorn Bank, Edoras Bank, Lorien Knoll, Isengard Ridge along with that perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea the Peake and Freen Deeps of the North Atlantic.

3D vision 2

Took the 3d samples down to Southampton today and everybody was very interested in them. Surprisingly it took some people a while to understand what they were looking at and even longer for them to work out that one of the prints inverts the height and depth of the seabed.

I think, and Tim agrees, that of the two the most successful is the one in which the seabed is raised up and the land dropped down, Sardinia and Corsica becoming holes

The next question is how to resolve the status of the work conceptually, especially given how aesthetically compelling the prints are. There are a number of possibilities including the idea of isolating those parts of the seabed which are currently subject to territorial claims under the United Nations Law of the Sea ratification process, the first part of which is to be finalised in May.

I am also interested in tracing the divisions of the seas as agreed in the 1950s

Either way more tests and the creation of different modelling formula will be needed I think.

3D print
3D print

3D vision

Today I picked up the first set of tests to see whether or not it might be possible to generate a 3d model from the bathymetric data that Tim and his colleagues work with. These have been made at Metropolitan Works, part of London Metropolitan University where I have a visiting fellowship. The results are great I hope Tim will find them exciting too.