Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

January 3, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

Happy New Year! I hope you took some time to rest this holiday season.

As we kick off this new year, I would like to introduce the next iteration of Coast Survey’s roadmap. The roadmap outlines the four themes we focus on and the activities we will accomplish during the 2018 calendar year. Our four themes remain the same: be the experts, re-imagine electronic charts, collaborate in hydrography, and promote digital navigation. I feel these themes encompass what our divisions collectively strive for.

Outlined within these themes are some activities that are new to the roadmap.

  • Develop and execute a Coast Survey-wide technology plan
  • Release ASIST and gather customer feedback for continued development
  • Load the prototype bathymetric database for New York region to support chart re-scheming
  • Complete reconfiguration of Coast Survey space in Silver Spring
  • Finalize the Hydro Health Model
  • Participate in the International Hydrographic Organization's Hydrographic Standards Project Team
  • Coordinate with NOAA and other federal partners to develop a sound approach for coupling coastal hydrodynamic models to riverine models in support of NOAA's integrated water prediction initiative
  • Investigate feasibility of migrating at least two Coast Survey IT services to the cloud environment
Many of these activities we started in 2017 and I look forward to continuing them in 2018. An overview of this year's roadmap and our 2017 accomplishments will be covered during our upcoming All Hands meeting on Wednesday, January 24, at 1 p.m. (EST).

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith