Marine Geospatial

OGC has been researching and developing solutions for interoperability in and across marine and coastal environments for more than a decade.

Coasts and their connecting land and sea environments are complex and dynamic. As such, they are home to some of the world’s most important ecological and economic geographies. Constantly changing landscapes due to climate, disasters, and our ever-evolving planet,  makes marine information difficult to collect. As a result, this creates additional challenges keeping information up to date and interoperate with other types of geospatial data. As such, this data is extremely important to agencies, industry and academia alike. 

With more easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable Marine data, organizations from across the globe can help better understand climate change, prepare for disasters, mitigate risks, and much more. As a result, through the use of interoperable technologies and open standards involving sensors, digital twins, and more, technical gaps are reduced, and information is better shared across traditionally different geographies and types of data. Many organizations have answered these challenges through collaboration and careful planning to help communities and regions prevent loss of life and increase ecological growth.

A history of success: OGC and the Marine Domain

OGC’s Marine Pilots are divided across multiple regions to address core use cases involving Marine Data including:

  • Singapore: a country with 30% of it’s land mass being less than 5m above sea level, developing and demonstrating the value of Digital Twins, and leveraging existing OGC, IHO, UN-GGIM, and ISO standards and guidelines
  • Canada’s Artic Zone: an area with 40% of its land mass containing permafrost. OGC makes an impact through the efficient use and analysis of data across Arctic communities, industry, and government
  • The Caribbean: a region with an average of 14 hurricanes a year. Pilots aim to understand how islands can use Marine navigation data for situational awareness, reduced costs, and additional revenue
  • The Baltic: to help determine data availability and accessibility through IHO S-122 data in Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
  • Western Alaska, near the arctic circle: to better understand polar ice cap melting and the rising of sea levels. Sensor integration, digital twins, and more are used to achieve this.

Sponsors and Supporters of OGC Marine Activities:

OGC works with government partners from across the globe including North America, Europe, and Asia, to enable better marine information sharing. With a history of success, OGC’s Marine Pilots aim to create standards and build interoperable technologies.

Marine Activities in Action

OGC innovations, standards, and interoperable technologies sit as the backbone to Marine activities in the consortium, and with strategic partners. As such, video is available through previous pilots, initiatives, and other activities.

Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure
Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure
Maritime Limits and Boundaries

The OGC is pleased to host and release the first iteration of the IGIF-(M)SDI Maturity Roadmap and supporting materials for community consideration and engagement, not only across the marine domain, but across other geospatial domains where the oceans connect with or contribute to. The feedback and applied experiences from the geospatial community, via OGC meetings and forums, will be invaluable for revisions, iterations, and the optimisation of the IGIF-(M)SDI Maturity Roadmap.


Climate, Climate Change, Digital Twins, Disaster Resilience, Marine, Spatial Data Infrastructure

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