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  • October 26, 2021 6:00 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Hydrographic Society of America's Board of Trustees has announced their inductees for the 2021 class of the Hydrographer Hall of Fame. Instituted in 2012, the Hydrographer Hall of Fame is meant to honor hydrographers who have made significant advances in the science of hydrographic surveying, who have had distinguished surveying careers, who have made contributions in the education of hydrographers and who have provided exemplary service to the society. Nominations are considered every other year on the odd numbered years.

    This year's inductees are:

    • Richard Byrd - Odom Hydrographic
    • Professor John Hughes Clarke - University of New Hampshire
    • Pat Sanders - HYPACK
    • Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan - NOAA

    More information on the 2021 class can be found on the Hall of Fame page.

  • August 23, 2021 9:29 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    NOAA HSRP public meeting webinar, September 1-2, 2021

    NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee

    The meeting will focus on issues related to hydrographic and navigation services, observations and positioning including topics affecting the NOS’ Office of Coast Survey, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Geodetic Survey, and the University of New Hampshire’s and NOAA’s Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) and Center for Coastal Ocean Mapping. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator on matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship including sea level rise, resilience, flooding and inundation, coastal and marine spatial planning, geospatial and geodetic data, recreational boating, Arctic priorities, the National Spatial Reference System, the PORTS® system, tides and currents, mapping and surveying, and related topics.

    The meeting will have 2 special sessions highlighting: 1) offshore wind energy and data sharing interests; and 2) the technology, operations and systems to support ocean surveying and mapping in less than 40 meters including lidar, satellite derived bathymetry, and multi-beam hydrographic surveys. There will be updates on NOS programs, as well as the ocean and coastal mapping implementation plans for NOMEC, "Establishing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, June 2020", the Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy (ACMS), coastal resilience and data, and other topics.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS targeted to the HSRP members are encouraged in advance or during the meeting:

    Comments targeted to the HSRP members can be submitted in advance by August 26, 2021, or during the meeting and should address the topics of the meeting and NOS’s navigation, positioning and observations services, data and products. They should be no longer than 2 minutes and not repeat other comments. If comments are submitted in advance they will be shared with the HSRP members, displayed on a slide, and posted to the website. All comments are included in the meeting public record. Please email advance letters and comments to: Melanie.Colantuno@noaa.gov, Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    Meeting Information, Webinar, and Times:

    The final meeting agenda, background documents and presentations will be posted to the web prior to the meeting: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.html

    Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5627376790601178124

    Advance registration is recommended.

    Time: Meeting times are in EST and time/speakers are subject to change

    Sept 1, 2021, 12:45-5:30pm EST; Sept 2, 2021, 1-5:30pm EST

  • August 02, 2021 10:04 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    NOAA’s Offices of Coast Survey and National Geodetic Survey jointly announce the FY2023 NOAA Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program, in honor of a leader, colleague and friend who was a supporter of integrated ocean and coastal mapping. Now known as the Brennan Matching Fund, the purpose of the opportunity is to identify and match funds with partners on ocean and coastal hydrographic surveys and mapping. Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized for funding based on submitted justifications. NOAA will select proposals using the review process and criteria evaluation described in section IX of the Federal Register Notice here.

    PDF of NOAA Announcement: Download Here

    Full Federal Register Notice here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/27/2021-15970/notice-of-matching-fund-opportunity-for-ocean-and-coastal-mapping-and-request-for-partnership

    Informational Webinar on September 9, 2PM ET, registration here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7914808480326041357

  • July 29, 2021 1:13 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    NOAA/NOS Office of Coast Survey and its academic partners teamed up to host a session entitled: “Understanding and Predicting Coastal Zone Processes to Support Resilience, Navigation, and the Blue Economy” at the 20th Symposium on the Coastal Environment within the 102nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (@AMS2022).  

    The main goal is to explore how the ocean modeling community would be able to support coastal resilience, marine navigation and the Blue Economy.

    We specifically encourage oral and poster presentations on:

    ·  Coastal ocean modeling products supporting marine navigation 

    ·  Coastal ocean modeling for disaster mitigation and its benefit for coastal economy and communities

    ·  Coastal modeling for water quality and pollution transport and its impacts on downstream industries ( e.g. tourism and fisheries)

    Abstract submission deadline: Sep 1, 2021.

    Link to submit abstract: http://ams.confex.com/ams/102ANNUAL/20coastal/papers/index.cgi 

  • July 06, 2021 10:16 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The votes are in!

    The THSOA Latin American Chapter Chair and Vice-Chair Proxy Voting is closed and we are excited to announce the new chapter leadership:

    • THSOA Latin American President: Alberto Pedrassani Costa Neves
    • THSOA Latin American Vice-President: Bismarck Jigena Antelo


    We would like to welcome the newly elected Chapter leadership and wish the outgoing Chair the best of luck in his next role within the THSOA membership.


    ¡Los votos se han contado!

    La votación para Presidente y Vice-Presidente del Capitulo Latino América de THSOA ha terminado y nos complace anunciar a los nuevos lideres:

    • Presidente del Capitulo Latino América de THSOA: Alberto Pedrassani Costa Neves
    • Vice-Presidente del Capitulo Latino America de THSOA: Bismarck Jigena Antelo
    Nos gustaría dar la bienvenida al liderazgo del Capítulo recién elegido y desearle al Presidente saliente la mejor de las suertes en su próximo rol dentro de la membresía de THSOA.

  • June 22, 2021 11:00 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    THSOA is proud to promote two upcoming events from our partner organizations. 

    First up is tomorrow, Wednesday 23, 2021, 13:00 CDT

    There will be three guest speakers and the topic will be on North Sea Decommissioning. No sign up is required, join them online: the link to attend is here.

    And then this Thursday, June 24, 2021. 9:00AM CDT

    Quantifying Ground Conditions from Marine Seismic Reflection Data: Applications for Offshore Renewables Projects

    Presented by: Dr. Mark E. Vardy, Geophysicist, SAND Geophysics

    The link to event information and registration is here.

  • June 17, 2021 10:46 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, Rafael Ponce was elected President-Elect with the expectation that he would take over as President on January 1, 2022. With Rick's passing last month, Rafael was voted by the board to start his duties early and has graciously stepped into the role of President effective June 1, 2021.

    Good luck in your new role, Rafael!

    Rafael's bio:

    Graduated from the Mexican Naval Academy as Naval Sciences Engineer; spent 8 years on board Mexican Navy ships (Oceanic Patrol Ships, Destroyers, Dredging Ship and  a Hydrographic Ship) at different positions (Operations Officer, Navigation Officer, Weapons Officer, ASW Officer, Chief Engineering, and Commanding Officer). I became a Category B and later Category A Hydrographer with a Master of Science in Hydrography at the University of Southern Mississippi. I was commissioned at the Mexican Hydrographic Office where I spent the last 15 years of my naval career until my voluntary retirement in 2007. Since then, I work at Esri the GIS company, currently as Principal Maritime Consultant.

    As a professional mariner and hydrographer, I’m passionate about the oceans and progress of our world through hydrography. Supporting people and new colleagues in the field, as well as learning from all, are my motivations to keep vibrant our hydrographic society.

  • June 03, 2021 12:30 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    El Sistema de votación de THSOA para Presidente y Vice-Presidente del Capitulo Latino América esta ya abierto hasta el 9 de junio a las 17:00 CT USA. La votación para los capítulos de THSOA solo esta disponible para los miembros activos (al corriente en su membresía). Si necesita renovar su membresía, favor de visitar https://thsoa.org/join-us [thsoa.org]o contacte admin@thsoa.org 

    Para ejercer su voto, por favor visite https://thsoa.org/Sys/Poll/25571

    Los candidatos y sus respectivos currículos se encuentran a continuación. Si tiene algún problema con el sistema de votación o alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en contactarnos admin@thsoa.org  

    Para la posición de Presidente:

    Alberto Pedrassani Costa Neves
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    LinkeIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alberto-pedrassani-costa-neves/ 


    Tengo una larga carrera en hidrografía y ciencias relacionadas (oceanografía, meteorología marina y teledetección), que abarca la colecta de datos hidrográficos, oceanográficos y sísmicos, predicción ambiental, gestión de la seguridad de la navegación, planificación estratégica, desarrollo de capacidades, gestión de proyectos y técnicas. normas. Mi trabajo siempre me obligó a ejercer la dirección y el liderazgo de equipos. Esto incluye más de 7 años de planificación y ejecución de levantamientos hidrográficos.


    • Trabajo en equipo

    • Computación de alta performance

    • Comunicación

    • Navegación

    • Programación (Fortran, Matlab, etc.)

    • Gestión de proyectos

    Experiencia Profesional:

    En tierra:

    2021En proceso de contratación para la posición de Coordinador de los Cursos de Hidrografía de la Universidad del Sud del Misisipi (USM)

    2020 - 2021DirectorTécnicoPCN Proyectos para Infraestructura

    2011 - 2020DirectorAdjuntoOrganización Hidrográfica Internacional (OHI)

    2009 - 2011DirectorTécnicoPCN Proyectos para Infraestructura

    2007 - 2008Superintendente para la Seguridad deBrazilian Navy Hydrographic Center

    la Navegación

    2001 - 2005Jefe, División de Previsión NuméricaCentro de Hidrografía de la Marina de Brasil

    1997 - 1999División de Previsión NuméricaDirectoría de Hidrografía y Navegación de Brasil

    1992 - 1994Comandante, Compañía de CadetesEscuela Naval de Brasil


    2005 - 2007Comandante y Jefe CientíficoBuque de Investigación "Sirius"

    1999 - 2001Segundo Comandante e HidrógrafoBuque de Investigación "Barão de Teffé"

    1991 - 1992Jefe, División de OceanografíaBuque de Investigación "Alte Alvaro Alberto"

    1990 - 1991Jefe, División de Convés e HidrógrafoBuque de Investigación "Barão de Teffé"

    1988 - 1990Jefe, División de Navegación, HidrógrafoBuque de Investigación "Alte Alvaro Alberto"

    1985 - 1988División de OperacionesFragata "Defensora"


    Assimilación de datos (PhD), Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (no completo por haber sido designado para el comando del Buque de Investigación "Sirius")

    Curso Superior (MSc), Escuela de Guerra Naval, Brasil (2002)

    Meteorología y Oceanografía Física (MSc), con distinción, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), USA (1994-1996)

    Curso Básico, Escuela de Guerra Naval, Brasil (1991)

    Hydrografía (pós-graduación), con distinción, Directoría de Hidrografía y Navegación de Brasil (1988). El programa fue reconocido por el IBSC in 1993.

    Ciencias Navales, Escuela Naval de Brasil (1981-1984)


    Portugués (lengua materna), Español (fluente), Inglés (fluente), Francés (fluente) Italiano (fluente) y Gallego (fluente)

    Luis Edgardo Hernández Rodezno

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    Ingeniero Civil e Hidrógrafo Categoria “B”

    Cursos Recibidos:

    • “Nautical Cartography Course” Defense Mapping School de los Estados Unidos de América, San Salvador, El Salvador (1999)

    • “Symposium on Vertical Reference Systems” International Association of Geodesy y el Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2001).

    •  “5º Course on Harbour and Coastal Hydrography”, International Maritime Academy, Trieste, Italy (2004).

    • “Curso de Modelamiento Numérico para la Simulación del Oleaje” Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales y Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, San Salvador, El Salvador (2007).

    • “Curso Avanzado de Sistemas de Posicionamiento por Satélite”, Madid España (2010).

    • “Regional Training course on basic Electronic navigational charting (ENC) and Electronic navigational chart production” Mexico DF, Mexico (2012).

    Experiencia Laboral:Instituto Geográfico y del Catastro Nacional (1996-2016).

    • Coordinador de Hidrografía, responsable del cálculo de pronósticos de mareas, procesamiento de registros mareográficos y la ejecución de proyectos de levantamientos batimétricos en las costas de El Salvador (1996-2003).

    • Técnico del Departamento de Cálculo y encargado de Hidrografía, desarrollo de cálculo de líneas de niveles de primero, segundo y tercer orden, cálculo de poligonales, transformación de coordenadas, cálculo de pronósticos de mareas, procesamiento de registros mareográficos y ejecución de proyectos de levantamientos batimétricos en las costas de El Salvador (2003-2008).

    • Técnico del Departamento de Levantamiento Geodésico y encargado de cálculo de pronósticos de mareas, procesamiento de registros mareográficos, levantamiento de redes geodésicas horizontales, nivelaciones geodésicas y ejecución de proyectos de levantamientos batimétricos en las costas de El Salvador (2009-2021).

    Para la posición de Vice-Presidente solamente:

    Bismarck Jigena Antelo

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    Doctor en Geodesia y Geofísica por la Universidad de Cádiz, Ingeniero Hidrógrafo por el ROA-IHM, España, Especialidad de Hidrografía Marina de Guerra del Perú, Ingeniero en Organización Industrial, Licenciado en Náutica y Transporte Marítimo, Máster y Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (DEA) en Ingeniería Geodésica, Cartográfica y Fotogrametría, todos por la Universidad de Cádiz; Máster en Ingeniería del Agua de la Universidad de Sevilla, Oficial de Marina (Armada Boliviana) y Piloto de la Marina Mercante (España). 

    Docente desde 1988, actualmente trabaja como Profesor e Investigador del área de Ciencias y Técnicas de la Navegación en la Escuela de Ingenierías Marina, Náutica y Radioelectrónica (EIMANAR) de la Universidad de Cádiz (España) impartiendo asignaturas de su área de conocimiento en las Titulaciones de: Grado en Náutica y Transporte Marítimo, Grado en Ingeniería Marina, Grado en Ingeniería Radioelectrónica  y Máster en Transporte Marítimo.

    Investigador Antártico adscrito al Grupo de Investigación PAIDI RNM912-Ingeniería Costera (COASTENG) de la Junta de Andalucía, colabora además con los grupos de investigación RNM-314 Geodesia y Geofísica Cádiz, RNM 931  Tecnologías de la información Geoespacial, Gráfica e Hidrológica (IGeoHidro). Sus líneas de investigación están centradas en: Modelos geoidales, Altimetría y Variaciones del Nivel del mar, Redes geodésicas y sistemas GPS y GNSS, Sistemas de Información Geográfica y Teledetección, Hidrografía, Navegación y Seguridad Marítima. Director de varias tesis doctorales en los Programas de Doctorado de Ciencias y Tecnologías Marinas y Gestión y Conservación del Mar de la Universidad de Cádiz.

    Desde 1987 ha trabajado en cargos técnicos, directivos y gerenciales en diferentes empresas y organismos técnicos, en áreas de hidrografía, navegación, hidrología fluvial, geodesia, topografía, sistemas de información geográfica y teledetección en Bolivia, España, Perú, Brasil y Paraguay.

    Perfiles de investigación y profesionales disponibles en:




  • May 20, 2021 2:33 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Services for RDML Brennan have been announced. The family has arranged for a private viewing on Thursday, followed by a funeral with full military honors on Friday. The Friday service will be at 4:30p EDT. Since space is limited, the service will be live-streamed online with this link: https://vimeo.com/548897554/ed0c4b300d

    For those who are interested in sharing their stories of Rick with his friends and family, there is a board setup for posts: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/LRPQfKtV=

    You may also wish to post messages to the funeral home's Tribute Wall for Rick available here: https://www.lastingtributesfuneralcare.com/obituaries/Richard-Brennan-6/

    The NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) has established the Brennan Family Service Support Fund. From the ACO’s website, you may make a donation to help support meals, flowers, and other immediate comfort to Rick’s family. Although no specific plans have been made at this time, the ACO has a longer term vision of supporting causes for which RDML Brennan was passionate should donations remain after immediate needs are met. The ACO website is as follows: https://noaacorpsaco.org/

    A short biography on Rick:

    Rear Admiral (lower half) (RDML) Rick Brennan became Coast Survey Director and U.S. National Hydrographer in April 2021, and is the 31st leader of the office since the first superintendent, Ferdinand R. Hassler, was appointed in 1833. He is responsible for overseeing NOAA’s hydrographic services, including the mapping and charting of all U.S. coastal waters, as well as representing the U.S. in international hydrographic efforts.

    RDML Brennan has served with the NOAA Officer Corps for over 20 years. He has served on nearly every hydrographic ship in the NOAA fleet and on the U.S. Coast Guard Ice Breaker Healy. Previously, he led the Hydrographic Systems and Technology Program, served as the Chief of the Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, and served as the mid-Atlantic Navigation Manager. Other recent assignments include serving as the Chief of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, as a senior policy advisor to VADM Manson Brown, the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observations and Predictions at NOAA, and Chief of the Hydrographic Surveys Division. RDML Brennan has a Master of Science degree in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Citadel.

  • May 14, 2021 11:41 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    THSOA is seeking abstracts for the 2021 U.S. Hydro Conference. Abstracts are due by May 28. US Hydro will be an online convergence, held on September 13 - 16, 2021.

    You may know some opportunities on projects that would make a good paper and presentation. It is also an opportunity for panels, subject meetings, and social networking. Please forward to any interested parties.

    See Call-for-Papers Page

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