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

April 24, 2019

Greetings Coast Survey Colleagues,

My name is Neil Weston and I’m currently serving as the technical director for the Office of Coast Survey. My primary task is to oversee the science, research, and technology portfolio of the program office and to see that scientific and technical priorities and projects line up with the overall mission and goals of the organization.

One particular project that the Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL) has been working on, that has national and international significance, is to provide a cloud-based service for disseminating NOAA’s Operational Forecast System (OFS) surface current data in the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-111 format. S-111 is designed for interoperability with Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), portable pilot units, electronic charting systems, and other IHO S-100 product specifications and aims to standardize surface current data for use in Precision Navigation applications and other systems. Ultimately, additional parameters such as water levels, salinity, and temperature will be available in machine-to-machine formats, with data file sizes small enough to be delivered from shore to vessels over existing communications networks.

At last week’s annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria, Alexander Kurapov, Sergey Vinogradov, and I had the opportunity to attend, present a poster, and give a talk on our recent work. In the adjacent picture, I’m standing by the poster my colleagues and I produced that discusses integrating NOAA oceanographic data for Precision Navigation applications.

If you are interested in learning more about our work or other activities that are underway in CSDL, please stop by and we’ll be happy to give you a tour.

Dr. Neil Weston
Technical Director, Office of Coast Survey