The Civil Hydrography Programme
The systematic survey of the UK’s coastal waters
This systematic survey of the UK’s coastal waters is administered by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), with technical assistance provided by the UK Hydrographic Office. Under the programme, the MCA has issued a number of long-term commercial contracts to ensure accurate hydrographic information is gathered for updating the nation’s nautical charts and publications.
View the MCA Civil Hydrography Programme website
Routine re-surveys are undertaken in areas where the seabed itself is highly mobile. We analyse these surveys to identify changes that have occurred and apply updates to charts if necessary. We also assess whether the limits and survey frequency should be revised.
Analysis Reports - 2015 routine resurveys
Analysis Reports - 2014 routine resurveys
Analysis Reports - 2013 routine resurveys
Analysis Reports - 2012 routine resurveys
Analysis Reports - pre 2012 routine resurveys
Pre 2012 analysis reports can be viewed here
Admiralty surveys of the UK (Q6090)
The ‘limited use’ chart Q6090 shows the limits and standards of Admiralty surveys, including contract surveys to Admiralty specifications around the United Kingdom. Not all of these surveys are available in digital format. For more detail on the availability of surveys see our INSPIRE detailed guide.
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Published: 29 August 2014
Updated: 31 August 2016
- The United Kingdom British Isles hydrographic survey status has been updated.
- United Kingdom British Isles hydrographic survey status updated from September 2015 to March 2016
- 2014 routine resurvey reports publsihed
- 2015 hydrographic survey status uploaded
- Latest chart Q6090 uploaded
- First published.
From: UK Hydrographic Office