Next Generation Paper Chart


  • Ian Halls Editor


Throughout the ages, the navigation chart has adapted to meet the requirements of the mariner to ensure safety of navigation. The portrayal of chart information and its physical presentation on manuscript materials have also changed through innovation and human factors. In more recent times, the work of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has established various standards to provide consistency to charting products to meet a truly global requirement. The transition from a manuscript to a digital electronic navigation world continues at a rapid pace. A new generation of users are more familiar and comfortable with electronic technology. One of the challenges facing the IHO is the future of the paper nautical chart. The ongoing need for paper charts is not the issue discussed in this paper. What is discussed, however, is the portrayal of chart data and the way in which paper charts may be generated in the future. The issue requires careful consideration to reduce Hydrographic Office (HO) production burdens, maintain relevance and meet the customers' expectations. "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson.




How to Cite

Halls, I. (2014). Next Generation Paper Chart. The International Hydrographic Review, (11). Retrieved from