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

April 26, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,
John Nyberg is picking up the pen this week while I attend the International Hydrographic Organization Assembly meeting.


Coast Survey,

I am excited to present this edition of the biweekly newsletter. I cannot believe that spring is half over and that we are already in the third quarter of our fiscal year. This can only mean that it is time to start planning for summer!

This summer the Marine Chart Division (MCD) hopes to complete the multi-year project of loading all of our ENCs into a central database. This is a major milestone toward fulfilling the promises of our draft National Charting Plan and the goal of making ENCs our customer’s product of choice.

MCD is also busy planning a one-day open house in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference. The one-day event will be on July 7, 2017, in Silver Spring and will offer posters, presentations, and exhibits focused on nautical cartography. We are expecting participation from industry partners, government agencies, and charting offices from around the world.

Rounding the summer out, MCD has taken a leadership role in establishing the United Nations Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. MCD will present the concept to the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management in August.

I know that employees around Coast Survey are supporting MCD efforts. We could not do any of this without you. RDML Smith has authorized 59 minutes early dismissal on Friday, April 28, as a thank you for helping the Marine Chart Division.

John Nyberg
Chief, Marine Chart Division