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Providing Hydrospatial Solutions to the Caribbean and Latin America.

TCarta Caribe is located in Kingston, Jamaica and was established in 2019 as a response to the need to have readily available modern hydrospatial data products for environmental monitoring in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Our main hydrospatial products include satellite derived bathymetry, shoreline monitoring, water quality monitoring, coastal sensitivity index, seafloor classification,and mangrove/reef assessment. Our team of remote sensing experts, hydrographers, GIS analysts, and developers provide our clients valuable awareness and insight into the marine environment.

TCarta’s track record of innovative, science-driven and remotely produced data and services offer an alternative to traditional surveying methods; providing rapid environmental modeling of broad and remote areas; significant cost savings over ground or aerial surveys; and can provide a force-multiplier when used in combination will boost on the ground efforts.

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Satellite Derived Bathymetry highlights in the Caribbean​

Satellite Derived Bathymetry is the process of observing the surface reflectance of light rays in the water column to determine the depths using very high resolution satellite images. SDB is done remotely and covers a wide geographical area making it a very cost effective tool for environmental monitoring.

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) of Rum Cay Island Bahamas

TCarta utilized Satellite Derived Bathymetry in creating a 3D-depth profile of Bowden Harbour in Jamaica. This data was provided to the National Land Agency (NLA) to assess the usefulness of SDB in planning sonar hydrographic surveys and for integration with sonar data for a gap-free complete surface.

Water Quality Monitoring of Colombia coastline showing level of pollutants.

TCarta hydrospatial experts process Earth observation satellite imagery for water quality information and products, depicting the suspended sediments and algae concentrations. Rapid processing time allows for active monitoring over areas of interest or throughout project lifecycles.

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Water Quality of Cartagena Colombia showing level of turbidity

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Coastal Classification of part of Turks and Caicos shoreline

Seafloor Habitat Mapping

Mapping the marine environment over time enables stakeholders to oversee conservation and preservation of habitats. Satellite imagery is used to identify and categorize all benthic substrates. Outputs provide information on the nature of the seafloor, for example, sand, reef, vegetation and the expected classes include: sand, sparse seagrass/algae, and dense seagrass/algae.

Sargassum Monitoring

Floating Algae (Sargassum) can be tracked in near-real time with daily imaging using a variety of satellite sensors. The Caribbean and Latin America are affected yearly by this natural phenomenon and nearshore (~15 km) daily imaging and identification provides advanced planning potential for response and clean up activities.

A beach covered with sargassum is pictured near a hotel in Cancun, Mexico August 21, 2021. 
Picture taken August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Paola Chiomante

Satellite Derived Bathymetry for Disaster Response

Satellite mapping provides modern, accurate and readily available coastal bathymetry data after a storm, which enables safer, more effective mission planning and landing site selection for needed relief supplies.

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Disaster Relief Supply Routes for Abaco Bahamas after hurricane Dorian

Carol Fisher

Program Manager/Hydrographer at TCarta Caribe