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NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel

SAVE the DATE for the next HSRP meeting:


Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH


September 11-13, 2017


The HSRP Federal Advisory Committee public meeting will focus on research, development, technology, unmanned and autonomous systems for hydrographic surveying, charting, and navigation. There will be updates from the HSRP emerging Arctic priorities working group, the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and UNH-NOAA Joint Hydrographic Center, review and discussion of the recommendations for the draft NOS OCS Autonomous Systems Strategy, two draft issue papers on Precision Navigation and Research and Development, and comments may include regional New England topics. There will be updates from the National Ocean Service program offices related to navigation services – National Geodetic Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services and Office of Coast Survey.

The HSRP is seeking public comments on the value of NOS products, and to offer recommendations to improve NOAA's navigation data, services, and products. Comments related to navigation services are encouraged and welcome in advance, in person or via the webinar. In advance you can send comments to hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov or Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that provides NOAA with independent advice on improving the quality, efficiency, and usefulness of NOAA's navigation-related products, data, and services. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator about its navigation (i.e. nautical charts and ENCs), physical oceanographic (i.e. tides & water levels), geospatial, positioning, and shoreline programs, products, and services. There are two public meetings each year in different port regions at which we seek public comments from stakeholders and partners.

AGENDA, FRN, bios, presentations, meeting documents and other information:


Webinar information:

Please plan to log in at least 15 minutes in advance to allow the updates to be installed and for trouble shooting as necessary.

Please register for HSRP Public Meeting, Sept 11-13, Portsmouth NH on Sep 11, 2017 8:30 AM EDT at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2533393922089148673


Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, HSRP program manager, National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/NSD), Telephone: 240-533-0064; email: Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

NOS announces the solicitation for nominations for 2018 HSRP members. Nominations are due MAY 30, 2017.

You can find more information on the nominations process and HSRP here:

HSRP Special Report 2007 cover Ports, Waterways and the U.S. Marine Transportation System--The vital link to economic prosperity and American jobs.


In October 2003, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans established the Hydrographic Services Review Panel as directed by the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-372. The Panel is composed of a diverse field of experts in hydrographic surveying, vessel pilotage, port administration, tides and currents, coastal zone management, geodesy, recreational boating, marine transportation, and academia. Advice from this panel will assist in addressing NOAA’s strategic plan to improve the nation's marine transportation system and NOAA’s plans to support commerce with world-class products and services that will help ensure safe, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation.

For further information please contact:

NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC3, N/CS, room 6127
Silver Spring, MD 20910
E-mail: hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov

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