Map lovers looking to find new places to walk, cycle or drive have a plethora of digital illustrations of the land to study; but similar representations of the sea are far harder to come by. Mapping specialist and sailor Caroline Levey is among those helping to make it easier to navigate the maritime environment, and understand what lies beneath the waves.
Caroline is a co-founder of OceanWise, a company which has developed a suite of interactive marine and coastal maps and data sources. Features include hidden assets such as shipwrecks and undersea cables, the geology of the sea bed and real-time monitoring of tides, winds and waves.
The maps are used by harbour masters to monitor environmental conditions and infrastructure providers to identify where best to place new assets such as wind farms.
OceanWise recently took part in Connected Places Catapult’s Maritime Accelerator and has now achieved the highest score of nine on the Technology Readiness Level, meaning their products have proven their worth.
Caroline says her company acts as a “distribution channel for maritime information” and describes the firm as one of the “masterminds of the sea”. Products include mapping data product Marine Themes Vector and environmental monitoring software Port-Log.