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
Federal CMTS partnership briefed to Rear Adm. Gallaudet
On December 20, Rear Adm. Shep Smith, Coast Survey director, Capt. Liz Kretovic, Coast Survey deputy hydrographer, Heather Gilbert, NOAA/Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) advisor, and Glenn Boldevich and Jim Rice, NOS PCAD, along with Helen Brohl, executive director of the CMTS met with Rear Adm. Gallaudet, assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, to discuss NOAA and the federal CMTS partnership. Rear Adm. Gallaudet met the team that will support him in his new role as the NOAA representative, supported by RDML Smith, to the CMTS sub-Cabinet Coordinating Board, consisting of agency heads and key office directors. Helen Brohl provided an overview and important connections between the CMTS and NOAA. In this role and in the relationship NOS has with the CMTS, Rear Adm. Gallaudet will be an advocate for OCS priorities going forward. For more information, contact Heather.Gilbert@noaa.gov.
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler - Alongside in New Castle, New Hampshire. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson - Alongside in Norfolk, Virginia. NOAA Ship Fairweather - Alongside in Newport, Oregon. NOAA Ship Rainier - In Portland, Oregon, for its repair period.
Navigation Response Teams
NRT 1 - Team is in Mobile, Alabama. Operations are suspended until the team's training is complete.
NRT 2 - Team is in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Vessel crossdeck is complete, boat is survey and response ready.
NRT 4 - Team is in Galveston, Texas. Vessel crossdeck is complete, boat is survey and response ready.
NRT 5 - Team is in New London, Connecticut, and completed troubleshooting and testing with CSDL's Hydrographic Systems and Technology Branch.
Bay Hydro II - Bay Hydro II is back in the water and is survey and response ready.
Leidos - Demobbed, acquisition complete. Oceaneering - Demobbed, acquisition complete. David Evans and Associates - R/V Preston continues to survey the Mississippi Sound and vicinity.
Kurt Nelson, Chief of CSDL’s Geospatial Applications and Development Branch, retired on December 29th from federal service. His extensive career included time as an officer in the US Air Force, as a hydrographer with the US Naval Oceanographic Office, as well as NOAA Coast Survey. We wish Kurt the best.
Rachel Medley returned from maternity leave and resumed her duties as the Navigation Services Division's Customer Affairs Branch chief, as of Jan 02, 2018.
Phil Richardson receives his 30 year certificate from Capt. E.J. Van Den Ameele.
Phil Richardson received recognition for his 30 years of federal service. Phil works in the Coastal Marine Modeling Branch of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory. He originally joined NOAA with the Estuarine Ocean Physics Branch, under the leadership of Hank Frey. In his early years, Phil did a lot of work with historical data, spectral analysis of ocean time series data, harmonic analysis of tides, and tidal prediction. In more recent years, he has been helping with the setup, analysis, and validation of coastal ocean models. He has worked closely with CSDL scientists such as Zizang Yang, Dick Schmalz, Bill O'Connor, and Eddie Shi to test, validate, develop, and implement oceanographic data and model products. He coauthored (as either lead or second author) over 20 NOAA technical reports and peer reviewed professional journal papers. Congratulations, Phil, on your 30 years of service!
Congratulations to the following hydrography ensigns assigned to the hydrographic fleet who successfully completed and graduated from Basic Officer Training Class 130 on November 21, 2017, and will be reporting to their respective ships.
ENS Nicholas Azzopardi, NOAA Ship Rainier
Ensign Nicholas J. Azzopardi graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in engineering with a focus in climate and meteorology. He has worked as an intern at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Here Ensign Azzopardi worked with systems engineers on the Joint Polar Satellite System flight team to develop tools to refine the process of analyzing microwave sounder data. Additionally, Ensign Azzopardi spent a summer at the South African National Space Agency where he completed a project analyzing ionospheric scintillation data across Africa.
ENS Taylor Krabiel, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
Ensign Krabiel graduated from University of Nevada, Reno as a dual major in geology and hydrogeology from the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in December 2015. He received the top undergraduate hydrogeologist award for his graduating year. Prior to reporting to the NOAA Corps, Ensign Krabiel was a high school science advisor at Innovation High School in Reno, Nevada. While in college he spent three years in the Nevada Seismology Lab as a Seismic Analyst analyzing and reporting thousands of earthquakes throughout the state of Nevada.
ENS Airlie Pickett, NOAA Ship Rainier
Ensign Airlie G. Pickett graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2017, with a bachelor's degree in physical oceanography and a minor in mathematics. Ensign Pickett also holds certifications as an SDI/TDI Divemaster and the AAUS Advanced Scientific Diving Certification and has served as a volunteer scientific diver on multiple projects through various universities.
ENS Lyle Robbins, NOAA Ship Rainier
Before joining the NOAA Corps, Ensign Lyle Robbins was a boat captain and educator with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Baltimore Harbor Environmental Education Program. In addition, he was an Associate Professor of Biology at Notre Dame Maryland University. Ensign Robbins graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in economics and history, and completed his graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs with a master's degree in in environmental science and policy in 2017. He served in the Peace Corps as an economic development consultant and extended for a third year as a regional leader in Panama. Ensign Robbins holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50-Ton Inland Master’s License, is a Wilderness First Responder, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
ENS Kevin Tennyson, NOAA Ship Fairweather
Before joining the NOAA Corps, Ensign Kevin A. Tennyson was a graduate research assistant in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Ensign Tennyson graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a master's degree in the physics of oceans and atmospheres with a concentration in physical oceanography. He also earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014. Ensign Tennyson’s other areas of expertise include being a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and a NOLS WMI certified Wilderness First Responder, and holding an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) level 1 certification.
ENS Jackson Vanfleet-Brown, NOAA Ship Fairweather
Before joining the NOAA Corps, Ensign Jackson Vanfleet-Brown worked in the national wildlife refuge of Southeast Farallon Island. He supported long-term studies of breeding seabirds as an intern for Point Blue Conservation Science. ENS Vanfleet-Brown graduated Cum Laude from Carleton College in 2015 and was recognized with distinction in his major, geology. While building on his experience in scientific research and stewardship, his work experience, and family tradition, inspired him to pursue a career with NOAA. ENS Vanfleet-Brown utilized his graphic design and writing skills to create information graphics published by the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology, Stanislaus National Forest, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, and the Carleton College Voice.
Coast Survey Brown Bag
Visualizing Operational Forecast System Data for Mariners - Coast Survey Development Lab has been working on a project to provide Operational Forecast System (OFS) model forecast data to third party navigation systems manufacturers, such as Rose Point. These providers have an interest in using these datasets for precision navigation and optimized route planning, as OFS primary forecast parameters include water level, surface currents, temperature, and salinity. Please join us for a Brown Bag presentation on this project covering OFS model data output on Wednesday, February 14, at 12:00 p.m. (EST) in room 6836. For addition information, contact Neil.D.Weston@noaa.gov
did you know?
Emergency panic buttons are installed in NOAA Silver Spring SSMC 2, 3, and 4 buildings. Each button is mounted near existing AED cabinets in elevator lobbies. Depressing a panic button will not produce a locally audible alarm, but will instead automatically transmit pre-recorded voice alerts to all security posts. Panic button activation will draw a response from security guards on a 24/7 basis.
1/24 - Coast Survey all hands meeting at 1 p.m. (EST), SSMC3 RM 4527
2/5-2/9 - Field Procedures Workshop in Portland, Oregon
2/9 - Unveiling of restored painting, PATHFINDER (Coast and Geodetic Survey vessel) in NOAA Library at 12 p.m. (EST)
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