Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables
Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables details the requirements for hydrographic surveys undertaken either by NOAA field units or by organizations under contract to the NOAA.
These specifications are based in part on the International Hydrographic Organization's Standards for Hydrographic Surveys, Special Publication 44. The 2019 edition includes new specifications and changes made since the 2018 version. Those who acquire hydrographic survey data in accordance with NOAA specifications should use the current version.
These specifications define standards and requirements on the following topics:
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Field Procedures Manual
The Field Procedures Manual provides best practices and standard operating procedures for field units conducting, processing, and generating hydrographic survey deliverables. These guidelines help field units meet specifications delineated in the NOAA Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables.
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The historic National Ocean Survey Hydrographic Manual, Fourth Edition (1976), has been superseded by the NOS Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables and the Field Procedures Manual. It is provided here for historical reference.