NOAA seeks applicants for hydrographic services advisory panel membership
In a Federal Register Notice issued this week, NOAA is soliciting nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency's hydrographic programs, products, and technology. Applications must be received by October 10.
"Quality data is essential to NOAA maritime programs and products, whether it is the new generation of data-rich digital charts, technological innovations for ocean observations, or supporting many other critical mission areas such as resilient coastal communities," said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service. "As we determine future priorities for program development, we depend on advice from actual users of our products, and this panel is a vital part of that information-gathering process."
The panel advises NOAA on operations and research issues related to hydrographic surveying, nautical charts, tides and currents, geodetic and geospatial measurements, and coastal resilience. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation; port administration; marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries; cartography and geographic information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response; or other science-related fields.
The full Federal Register Notice is posted at www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm.
NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chart-maker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation. Follow Coast Survey on Twitter @NOAAcharts, and check out the NOAA Coast Survey blog at http://noaacoastsurvey.wordpress.com for more in depth coverage of surveying and charting.