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2020 HSRP meetings:
April 28-30, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii
September 22-24, 2020, San Francisco area, CA


Please send public comments to hydroservices@noaa.gov.

The HSRP encourages and welcomes public comments on the topics under the purview of the HSRP for discussion at the public meetings. You can submit comments in advance via a letter or an email, onsite in person at the meetings for no more than 2 minutes (and not repeating other comments), or during the meeting in writing by using the webinar chat function at the public meeting. All comments will be entered into the public record.


The nomination period for January 2020 closed on May 1, 2019.

The next nomination period is for January 2022.

Please submit your nomination for a start date of January 2022 at any time and it will be kept on-file. Please submit your contact information if you would like to receive a reminder note to hydroservices@noaa.gov. Please see below for more information on HSRP membership and the Call for Nominations process.


The Call for nominations has closed for 2020. You can submit for 2022 at anytime or request a notification for 2022 when it comes out in 2021 by emailing hydroservices@noaa.gov. NOS announces the solicitation for nominations for 2020 HSRP members. Nominations are due MAY 1, 2019, for a four year term that starts January 2020.

You can find more information on the nominations process and HSRP here:
Nomination information: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/call-application.htm

Federal Register Notice:

HSRP recommendations and issue papers:

HSRP working groups:

Current and past members and specialty areas:


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While RSVPs are not required for the meeting, to be added to the list for meeting announcements or updates, please send an email with your name, organization and email to:
Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov

DATE and TIME*: *The meeting times and speakers are subject to change. All times are in Central Daylight Time, followed by Eastern Daylight Time:

Tuesday, August 27, 9:00am – 5:30 pm CDT; (10:00 am - 6:30 pm EDT)
Wednesday, August 28, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm CDT; (9:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT)
Thursday, August 29, 8:30am – 5:00 pm CDT; (9:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT)

The webinar times are listed in Central Standard Time. 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 in advance for the HSRP Public Meeting webinar:

The HSRP Federal Advisory Committee public meeting will focus on topics related to navigation services. There will be updates from the three HSRP working groups (WG) including the Planning and Engagement WG, Technology WG, and Arctic Priorities WG, review and discussion of proposed priorities for the HSRP, issue papers and recommendations to NOAA, comments and suggestions regarding regional, state and national priorities. There will be updates from the National Ocean Service program offices related to navigation services – National Geodetic Service, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, the Office of Coast Survey as well as the University of New Hampshire’s Joint Hydrographic Center and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The agenda times and speakers are subject to change so please reference the most recent draft online.

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 chat function during the webinar. Please send your advance letter or comment to hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov, Virginia.dentler@noaa.gov, and Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov. It will be noted and entered as part of the public record of the meeting.

The HSRP agenda, Federal Register Notice, speaker presentations, speaker biographies, meeting documents, and other information will be posted in advance of the meeting at: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.htm and https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm.

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.

Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, HSRP program manager, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, email: Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

Virginia Dentler, NOAA National Ocean Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, email: Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov.

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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