December 7, 2016
Hello Coast Survey,
I am pleased to report that we had another very successful visit here in Silver Spring with the delegation from Cuba’s National Office of Hydrography and Geodesy. We had the opportunity to discuss revisions to the U.S. Cuba international chart (INT chart 4149) and are well on our way to releasing it in late December. This marks a historical milestone for Coast Survey as it is not only the first cooperative charting product between the U.S. and Cuba during the modern era, but it is possibly the last new international chart our agency will create. You can read more about this project in our spotlight section below and on our blog. Superb work by all who made this visit such a success!
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
NOAA Ship Rainier
Alongside NOAA Marine Operations Center, Pacific Dock in Newport, Oregon. Congratulations on the completion of the 2016 field season where the ship and crew completed 2,436 linear nautical miles and 154 square nautical miles of survey activities. These metrics were achieved while enduring 89 days of unplanned repair activities. Bravo zulu CDR EJ Van DenAmeele and crew!
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson
Alongside Colonna Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, for a three week drydock period. Congratulations on the completion of the 2016 field season where the ship and crew completed 4,864 linear nautical miles and 192 square nautical miles of survey activities. These metrics were achieved while enduring 97 days of unplanned repair activities. Many of the survey activities were accomplished while conducting a field detachment survey while the ship was in drydock. Bravo zulu CDR Van Westendorp and crew!
NOAA Ship Ferdinand Hassler
Alongside their homeport, New Castle, New Hampshire. Congratulations on the completion of the 2016 field season where the ship and crew completed 10,630 linear nautical miles and 643 square nautical miles of survey activities. Bravo zulu LCDR Matt Jaskoski and crew!
Bay Hydro II
Conducting survey activities in central Chesapeake Bay and processing Hudson River survey data.
Preparing to travel to the boatyard that constructed the newly designed NRT vessels for final inspections and acceptance of final delivery.
Conducting survey activities in St. Andrew Sound, Georgia, and verifying depth post Hurricane Matthew.
Preparing the boat for survey activities and staging in Seattle, Washington.
Processing Galveston Bay data.
Processing Hudson River data.
Consolidating assets to transfer them to Seattle, Washington.
The Atlantic Hydrographic Branch was sad to say goodbye to Physical Scientist Tyanne Faulkes but looks forward to working with her in her new position at the Pacific Hydrographic Branch. While at the Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Tyanne was an invaluable SAR-reviewer and field contributor, and became the branch's resident expert on ellipsoidal-referenced surveying practices. She will continue much of this great work on the West coast.
CDR Dan Simon will be on detail to Coast Survey as part of NOAA's Leadership Competency Development Program. CDR Simon will be working on developing a strategy for implementing the Seabed 2030 initiative for Coast Survey and partners. The GEBCO - Nippon Foundation - Seabed 2030, is a global program with the focused goal of compiling a high resolution openly available digital bathymetric model (DBM) portraying the world ocean seabed at the highest resolution possible from the coast to the deepest trenches by the year 2030. This DBM should efficiently provide bathymetric information to end users and leave no features of the world ocean floor smaller than 100 m unmapped by the completion of the program. Welcome aboard CDR Dan Simon!
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NO MORE GOSSIPING OR FOOLING!
In 1885, the administration of Grover Cleveland wanted to rein in government spending, and it came down hard on the Coast and Geodetic Survey, firing people and slashing pay. Cleveland installed Frank Manly Thorn—who had no scientific or management background—as acting superintendent of the Survey. "In a determined effort to change the mood of the Survey office, Thorn issued orders against smoking, newspaper reading, and gossiping. Daily luncheon spreads, served by messengers, ceased, and after-hour work was discontinued in all departments. 'No more idling, fooling & trickery,' reported Schott to Davidson." (From the book, U.S. Coast Survey vs. Naval Hydrographic Office: A 19th-Century Rivalry in Science and Politics.)
12/7-12/8 - NOS CFC basket raffle, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SSMC3 first floor lobby. Enter for a chance to win the great basket Coast Survey contributed! $1/one ticket or $5/six tickets. All proceeds go to CFC.
12/14-12/17 - Meso American and Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission annual meeting in Brazil where NOAA will announce the release of the U.S. Cuba international chart (INT chart 4149).