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NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel to meet in Anchorage

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet May 22-24 in Anchorage to discuss hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, tides and current measurements, as well as geodetic and geospatial measurements for Alaska and the Arctic.

Featured speakers will include representatives from the regional maritime community, including port authority officials and marine pilots, the geospatial community, users of NOAA’s tide and currents data and information, as well as non-traditional users of navigation data such as coastal planners and emergency responders.

The meeting is open to the public, and the public is encouraged to offer recommendations during the daily afternoon public comment periods. Additionally, representatives from the maritime community are encouraged to participate in the breakout sessions on May 24. Details and meeting agenda can be found at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm.

WHAT:           NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel meeting topics include:

·         local and regional issues related to NOAA’s mission, such as commercial shipping and navigation safety, accuracy of land elevation data for coastal management,

·         Arctic ERMA, environmental hazard warning and response, collection of scientific data to inform resource management, specifically the NOAA/oil industry memorandum of agreement to support collaborative Arctic coastal and ocean science in U.S. Arctic waters.

WHEN:           Tues., May 22, 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Wed., May 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Thur., May 24, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Hilton Anchorage, 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage     

WHO:              Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Matthew Wellslager, chair, Hydrographic Services Review Panel

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA deputy administrator, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observations and prediction

Dr. Holly Bamford, deputy assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service

Capt. John E. Lowell Jr., director, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey

Members of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kathy Watson, Hydrographic Services Review Panel coordinator at NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey at 301-713-2770 ext. 158, or Kathy.Watson@noaa.gov.

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on carrying out NOAA’s navigation services mission—to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America’s marine transportation system.

On the Web:

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm

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