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

August 16, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

It’s a pleasure to pen the opening to this month’s Coast Survey Newsletter from the NOAA-University of New Hampshire (UNH) Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC). The JHC is a partnership between the Office of Coast Survey and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the UNH. Our joint center is legislatively charged with carrying out research and providing advanced education in hydrographic survey and ocean mapping. Many of Coast Survey’s leaders (and future leaders) are alumni of the center, and we are proud of their achievements.

In the last week of July, the JHC held its annual review and the associated Industrial Partner Day. This is an important event for the Center and this year’s review was well-attended by Coast Survey leadership and technical experts from all the OCS divisions and staff, as well as representatives from the National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the Office of Ocean Exploration, and partner organizations including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Canadian Hydrographic Service. In the day-and-a-half review, UNH researchers and students described their work and results, Coast Survey summarized its technology activities, and all the participants discussed research priorities for the coming years.

This year’s review featured an expanded Industrial Partner Day with extended interaction among Coast Survey, the center, and 39 representatives from 22 of CCOM’s industrial partners. The topic of the industrial partner day was “Challenges in Charting.” Challenges from data acquisition through the delivery of charting products to the mariner were all on the table and discussed in a collaborative environment.

Next week, the incoming class of CCOM/JHC graduate students will arrive and begin new-student orientation. Although fall classes start the following week, the leaves in New Hampshire are still green and summer weather will continue for a few more weeks. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Andy Armstrong
Co-Director of the Joint Hydrographic Center

CCOM NOAA Annual Review Meeting

Rear Adm. Shep Smith elected to chair the IHO Council

Coast Survey Director Rear Adm. Shep Smith was elected to chair the IHO Council. Established in November 2016, the council is composed of 30 leading IHO member nations and functions much like a corporate board of directors, overseeing performance management and the business side of the IHO. The council will bring regular executive-level focus to the needs of today’s changing global hydrographic environment. By securing this position, NOAA will be able to ensure coordination between U.S. charting and surveying efforts and the global hydrographic mission. Read more on our blog. For more information contact