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

July 12, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

We had an exciting week last week as we hosted NOAA’s first open house on nautical cartography in conjunction with the 28th annual International Cartographic Conference 2017. The open house was held on Friday, July 7, in the Science Center here in Silver Spring. We featured posters, presentations, and tours focusing on nautical cartography, highlighting the field of charting and GIS. We were very pleased with the level of interest in this event from industry partners such as CaGIS and GEBCO, government agencies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy, and international charting offices representing over twenty countries.

I would like to thank Dr. Shachak Pe’eri, MCD’s Charting Standards Branch chief, for planning this open house. There were several other individuals that helped set up and run the event including Sean Legeer, Megan Bartlett, Sladjana Maksimovic, Guillaume Auclert, Andres Garrido, Patrick Chauvet, John Macek, Christie Ence, Paul Gionis, John Barber, Maria Cicci, Julio Castillo, Allison Wittrock, Tara Wallace, Kristen Crossett, Tsering Chuki and Rachel Medley. Without you, this event would have been impossible. Coast Survey is hosting many of the international open house participants this week for a training course on nautical chart adequacy, also organized by Dr. Pe’eri.

As a global leader in nautical charting and hydrographic standards, Coast Survey values much of the work being done through organizations like the International Hydrographic Organization, United Nations GGIM, and International Cartographic Association to name a few. It is important to spend time building relationships through the exchange of ideas with both national and international partners as an investment in Coast Survey’s future.

John Nyberg
Marine Chart Division Chief
Acting Director, Office of Coast Survey