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  • November 18, 2020 2:34 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who made the recent THSOA National webinar a success. For those of you we missed, you will be able to find a recording of the event on our YouTube channel.

    When you click the link to watch the video, please take the time to subscribe to our channel as we begin a plan to grow our content.

  • November 06, 2020 9:33 AM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    The United States National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council) Seeks Public Input on Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Efforts in the U.S. EEZ  

    Public may provide written input by November 12 and participate in online sessions November 16 and 18

    NOMEC Listening Sessions_Nov1618_2020.pdf

    The National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council), a group of federal agencies established to carry out the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, is requesting your input on developing an Implementation Plan and setting strategic priorities for the effort to map the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 2040 and explore and characterize strategic areas.


    The public is invited to two Virtual Public Listening Sessions to discuss the NOMEC Strategy and Implementation Plan:

    ·  Session #1: Ocean Exploration and Characterization [November 16, 2:00-3:30pm EST via Zoom]

    ·  Session #2: Ocean Mapping [November 18, 2:00-3:30pm EST via Zoom]


    Session 1: Ocean Exploration and Characterization Nov 16, 2020 @ 2:00pm Eastern Time

    ·  Register https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfumsqDwoGIDLdHYa_l4ASgzeK_mWmwI

    Session 2: Ocean Mapping Nov 18, 2020 @ 2:00pm Eastern Time

    ·  Register https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscemqqjkuGj4ou4-EL5AZJ6f8pZJw0Sc

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


    The public is particularly encouraged to provide comments via email on the development of the NOMEC Implementation Plan and strategic priorities. Please submit comments and letters by email no later than Nov 12, 2020, to nomec.execsec@noaa.gov, with subject line "Public Comment on Implementation Plan for the National Strategy" for request #1 and subject line, "Public Comment on Exploration Priorities for the Implementation Plan" for request #2. 

    1.     Implementing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the development of an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ (“National Strategy”). Input should be provided by 12 November85 Fed. Reg. 64446 (10/13/20) [https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/13/2020-22411/request-for-comment-implementation-plan-for-the-national-strategy-for-ocean-mapping-exploring-and].

    2.     Strategic priorities for mapping, exploring, and characterizing the U.S. EEZ NOAA issued a second notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the strategic priorities to be included in the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy. Input should be provided by 12 November85 Fed. Reg. 64448 (10/13/20) [https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/13/2020-22413/request-for-information-implementation-plan-for-the-national-strategy-for-mapping-exploring-and].

    All responses and questions can be addressed to nomec.execsec@noaa.gov. Please reach out for additional information or questions regarding NOMEC.


    The NOMEC Council seeks input from non-federal stakeholders interested mapping, exploration, and characterization from all sectors, including academia, non-profit, industry, and community partners. Please forward to anyone who may be interested.


    In November 2019, the United States issued the Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone and Shoreline and Nearshore of Alaska. Section 2 calls for Federal agencies to develop a strategy to conduct ocean mapping, exploration, and characterization exercises to meet the mandate to map the entire U.S. EEZ by 2040 and explore and characterize priority areas. Following this directive, in June of 2020, the White House released the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. This document sets forth a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), for enhancing opportunities for collaboration among interagency and non-United States Government entities with respect to those activities, and creates the NOMEC Council. Public input is essential for developing the Implementation Plan to carry out the goals and objectives outlined in the National Strategy. The first federal register notice seeks input on the Implementation Plan to carry out the national strategy and the second federal register notice solicits input on the strategic priorities for exploration and characterization activities.

  • August 08, 2020 10:04 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who made the recent THSOA National webinar a success. For those of you we missed, you will be able to find a recording of the event on our YouTube channel.

    When you click the link to watch the video, please take the time to subscribe to our channel as we begin a plan to grow our content.

    This webinar was an update to our membership on new developments:

    • Introduction of the new board
    • Providing status of the 2021 US Hydro conference
    • Introduce the new strategic direction THSOA is pursuing
    • Brief membership on changes to the by-laws
    • Exciting new technical presentation
    • Take questions and feedback
  • June 29, 2020 10:48 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.

    Some federal flood maps haven’t been updated in years. This new, nationwide flood risk tool includes projections to 2050.

    UPDATED 8:06 A.M. CDT JUNE 29, 2020

    A new, nationwide flood modeling tool released Monday paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future.

    The federal government’s best efforts to predict where flooding will strike have underestimated the risk to nearly 6 million homes and commercial properties primarily in the nation’s interior, leaving them unprepared for potential devastation, the analysis shows.

    Meanwhile, the model prepares residents of coastal states and cities for risks to come as their communities head toward a future of more intense storms and rising seas.

    Experts say the analysis is the latest evidence of a decades-long bungling of flood planning and policy at multiple levels of government across the country. And it presents difficult new questions about who will pay billions of dollars to save communities from going underwater: homeowners, towns and cities, or the U.S. taxpayer?

    “Who is going to pay and how we are going to pay, is the ultimate question,” said A.R. Siders, a professor at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center.

    read the article here: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2020/06/29/real-estate-millions-more-homes-risk-flood-might-need-insurance/3217450001/

  • June 25, 2020 12:27 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The MSRC Releases Instructional Video on the IHO standard S-102 Bathymetric Surface Product

    Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – June 23, 2020 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, is pleased to announce the release of an informational video on the new S-102 standards on surface bathymetry products.
    In the video, Captain Pascal Rhéaume, pilot and member of the technical committee for the Corporation of Lower St-Lawrence Pilots, an active stakeholder involved in the project, introduces the progress made on the development of the S-102 standards. He presents a brief history of navigational charts and explains how technology has allowed these charts to evolve concurrently with the maritime industry as a whole. Captain Rhéaume highlights the groundbreaking benefits of these new standards and how they can greatly improve navigational safety for all seafarers across the globe.
    As mentioned in a previous joint press release on November 5, 2019, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) wishes to promote the implementation of the new S-100 standards to provide mariners with access to additional information (bathymetry, surface currents and water levels) and greater versatility in the display of these data. CHS took advantage of World Hydrography Day to present the work conducted in relation to the S-102 standards and to broadcast Captain Rhéaume's video.
    To watch the video, visit the MSRC’s website at https://sim-pilot.com/en/photo-gallery/

  • September 23, 2019 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding three (3) scholarships (not including travel or accommodation) to the 79th Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM. https://mbcourse.com

     The scholarship is available to our student members or recent graduate members. The scholarship for this training course only covers course materials and lunch for 6 days. Accommodations & travel are not included. 

    Please find the scholarship application here: MBC Application form.docx. To submit your application to this scholarship, please email your completed application to: Michael.redmayne@teledyne.com . The deadline to submit your application is November 15th, 2019 at 12:00pm with awards by December 1st, 2019.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must: 

    1.   Be a student or recent graduate (within three years).

    2.   Be a THSOA member in good standing.

    3.   Submit a 200 word essay describing why you should be selected for this training opportunity.

    4.   Selected members are required to arrange through their local Chapter Chair to give a presentation at their local Hydrographic Society Chapter on their experience and what they learned.

    5.   Submit your application via the link above which includes submitting a paragraph answer to THSOA on why you should attend the Multibeam Sonar Training Course. 

    THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Multibeam Sonar Training Course for their generous donation. They graciously donated a course registration to THSOA. THSOA also purchased two additional registrations for the scholarship. 

    The 79th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 6th thru the 11th, 2020 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Course information can be found online at https://mbcourse.com 

    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org.

    If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please contact Lindsay Gee at info@mbcourse.com.

  • September 05, 2019 10:22 AM | Deleted user

    THSOA Board of Trustees Election 2019

    Positions to be filled:      President – two year term

    Secretary – two-year term,

    Trustee at Large #1 – two-year term

    Trustee at Large #2 – two-year term


    The membership of The Hydrographic Society of America Inc. will be electing members to serve  on the THSOA board of trustees this fall. 

    Our Society’s bylaws require that we submit nominations to the nominating committee by October the 15th and hold elections by November 15th. Results of the election will be announced in late December. Newly elected officers and trustees at large will assume their duties on January 1, 2020 and serve two year terms.

    If any member in good standing is aware of a member who would be willing to serve on the board of trustees, please feel free to nominate that individual. Be aware that the nominee must be a member in good standing (dues are current) and must be willing to serve on a volunteer basis. Nominations will be reviewed by the nominating committee and posted on the Society’s website by the end of October. The election will be voted via the website by electronic ballot.   

    Nominations should be emailed to Richard Byrd at Rbyrd48227@aol.com. Please include the email address and phone number of the nominee.

    Thank you for your support of THSOA

    Nominating Committee Chairman

    Richard Byrd

  • March 28, 2019 1:21 PM | Deleted user

    The NOAA HSRP 2020 Call for Nominations is published in the Federal Register Notice, is attached and nominations are due on May 1, 2019: 



    While nominations are due on May 1 for a start date of January 1, 2020, they will be accepted them anytime as there is a rolling admission and we will keep them on file for future openings. The bios of the current member are attached for background.

    Additional information on the HSRP is at: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm 


    Any Questions, contact :

    Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

    Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, N/CS

    1315 East West Hwy., ssmc3 #6413 Silver Spring, MD 20910

    NOTE NEW phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Fax 301-713-4019 - notify first


    HSRP public meetings https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm

    The Nation's Chartmaker

  • March 13, 2019 3:15 PM | Deleted user

    Mark your calendars and get registered for the upcoming "Offshore Industry Market Outlook 2019" meeting . To register or for more information for OIMO 2019, go to www.mtshouston.org/ 

  • February 18, 2019 1:08 PM | Deleted user

    THSOA to Induct Three to Hydrographer Hall of Fame

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) has selected three prominent hydrographers for induction into its Hydrographer Hall of Fame (HOF).  The HOF was established in 2013 as a way to honor hydrogrpahers who have had distinguished careers, have advanced the science of hydrographer and/or provided service to THSOA.

    Included in the Class of 2019 are:

    ·         Capt. (Ret) Andy Armstrong

    ·         Rear Adm. Kenneth Barbor

    ·         Adam Kerr

    Capt. (Ret.) Andy Armstrong

    Andy Armstrong has had a distinguished career as a hydrographer, first as a NOAA officer, and later as one of the founders and key administrators of the University of New Hampshire’s The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (UNH-CCOM/JHC).

    As a NOAA officer, Amstrong served on several hydrographic ships, including his service as Commanding Officer and Chief Hydrographer on the Whiting.  He later served as the Chief of NOAA’s Hydrographic Surveys Division.

    He was instrumental in the creation of the UNH-CCOM/JHC and currently serves as co-Director.  The JHC was formed in1999 and is a center for expertise in hydrography. 

    In addition to his distinguished career, Andy Armstrong has served multiple years on THSOA’s Board of Trustees including a stint as President of the Society.


    Rear Adm. Kenneth “Ken” Barbor


    Rear Admiral Kenneth “Ken” Barbor served with distinction as a hydrographer, a statesman and a teacher.  During a long career in the US Navy, he served as Commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.  During this time, he pushed to establish the Cat A Hydrographic Science curriculum at the University of Mississippi (USM).

    Ken went on to serve as a Director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  Over the next five years, he worked to improve hydrographic survey capabilities around the world and to create standards in the rapidly changing field of hydrography.

    Upon his retirement from the US Navy, he joined the faculty at USM. 

    Ken Barbor also was a supporter of THSOA, serving a term as President of THSOA.

    Rear Admiral Kenneth Barbor passed away in July 2018.  He is greatly missed.

    Adam Kerr


    Adam Kerr had a distinguished career as a hydrographer.  He served almost 30 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, culminating as Director of the Central and Atlantic Regions.  During his career, he was instrumental in the development of digital cartography standards and the development of DOLPHIN, one of the first unmanned semi-submersible survey vehicles.

    Starting in 1998, Adam served as a director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  During his service, he was heavily involved in developing standards for electronic charting and the expansion of technical assistance to developing nations.

    He later served as a hydrographic consultant and as Editor of The International Hydrographic Review.  Adam was a prolific writer with publications and books on hydrographer, cartography and maritime boundary delineation.

    Adam Kerr passed on in August 2016 as the age of 83.