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


March 27, 2019

Hello Coast Survey,

Last week, The Hydrographic Society Of America (THSOA) hosted the U.S. Hydrographic 2019 Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. The conference attracted participants from Canada, South America, and as far away as China to attend and deliver presentations. Thank you to the 13 NOAA authors/presenters who delivered presentations at the conference, providing a full 30 percent of the total presentations. A full list of NOAA presenters is below. It is critical in the field of hydrography to share advances in technology and research accomplishments in order to further our science and educate those joining our field. We are thankful THSOA provides a platform to do this.

THSOA also inducted our own Capt. Andy Armstrong (NOAA, Ret.) and Rear Adm. Ken Barber (Navy, former Hydrographic Services Review Panel member and director of the University of Southern Mississippi Hydrography Program) into their hall of fame. There were also 11 students from across the country that attended the conference as part of the THSOA student outreach program. Their enthusiasm and excitement was infectious and I expect we will see them again in the future. The bulk of these students came from NW Michigan College and Ferris State College, two colleges developing programs that include hydrography. Truly exciting! This week demonstrated that the field of hydrography in the United States is strong and growing.

Lastly, we anticipate NOAA's hydrographic survey plans for the 2019 field season will be finalized in the coming weeks and I look forward to sharing those with you soon.


Capt. Richard Brennan
Chief, Hydrographic Surveys Division