Oceanographic Atlas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov
The Oceanological Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Hydrographic Service of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Ukraine represents the Oceanographic Atlas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, the first specialized multidisciplinary cartographic atlas of this direction in Ukraine that seems to be an important milestone in the long-term creative cooperation of Ukrainian oceanologists, hydrographs and cartographers.
In spite of the prevalence of new information systems based on up-to-date conceptions and technologies, atlases keep their specific place in the structure of presenting information concerned the environmental peculiarities and state. They are an important element of the information support, a tool of scientific research, a method of getting new knowledge and generating new ideas.
The Oceanographic Atlas you have in your hands contains multidisciplinary scientific information on the environmental state and the main features of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It represents maps reproducing in great detail oceanological, climatic, hydrographic and other characteristics of these seas and created with the use of the most comprehensive datasets.
Scientists and specialists of the Oceanological Centre of NAS of Ukraine, the State Hydrographic Service, the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of NAS of Ukraine, the O.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of NAS of Ukraine, the Marine Branch of the Ukrainian Research Hydrometeorological Institute, the Institute of Geological Sciences of NAS of Ukraine and the Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University took part in development of the Atlas.
There is no doubt that the Oceanographic Atlas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov published by initiative of the State Hydrographic Service will contribute to the information support of maritime economy and scientific research in the region, as well as in support of management decisions made by administrative bodies on different levels, it will also be useful for managers, practitioners, scientists, lecturers and students of relative professions.
Director-general of Oceanological Centre of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine member of NAS of Ukraine V.N. Eremeev
Head of State Hydrographic Service S.V. Simonenko