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  • March 03, 2021 7:38 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The THSOA Proxy Voting was early February and we are excited to announce our elected officials.

    • President-Elect: Rafael Ponce
    • Trustee: Corey Goodrich
    • Trustee: Hans Van Sumeren

    We would like to welcome the newly elected to our board and wish our retiring trustee's best of luck in their next roles within the THSOA membership.

  • February 24, 2021 10:11 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Join us this International Women’s Day for the first in our IMarEST Explores panel series.

    It is well documented that greater gender equality increases economic growth and GDP. Improving gender diversity is one of the single fastest ways to speed development in any industry – creating a bigger talent pool, more skills and fresh ideas, not to mention a different point of view. But in practice, the path to achieving this vision is riddled with obstructions.

    Our panel will explore the importance of equality and diversity through a personal, local, and global lens, and will examine challenges, triumphs, and ambitions for the future.

    As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions to our panel, and to join us afterwards for an optional post-event interactive networking session, where you can meet other attendees from around the world.

    You can find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imarest-explores-gender-diversity-in-the-marine-industry-tickets-137888019779

  • February 15, 2021 3:04 PM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    The NWS Office in Tallahassee and NOAA Office of Coast Survey are teaming up to offer a virtual seminar on safe navigation and hazardous weather!

    This virtual seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20th, 10:00 am - 11:15 am EST; please feel free to share via the attached announcement and link to webinar registration, Facebook, and Twitter.

    If you have any questions, please contact Lance or Tim. 

  • February 03, 2021 10:23 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The THSOA Proxy Voting will open from February 3 at 2:00 CT until 5:00 CT on February 10, 2021. Voting for THSOA Board Members is only open to members in good standing of The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA).

    In order to vote you will need to please login to the THSOA website (https://thsoa.org). In the upper right corner where your name is displayed please click “View Profile”. Scroll down under “Contact Information” to locate your unique THSOA ID#.

    Candidates and Bio's are below. Voting links will be emailed to members, if you have any problems or questions, please contact admin@thsoa.org.

    President-Elect nominee: Rafael Ponce

    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.

    En Español:

    Graduado de la Heroica Escuela Naval Militar de México como Ingeniero en Ciencias Navales, pasé 8 años a bordo de diversos buques de la Armada (Patrullas oceánicas, Destructores, un buque draga y buque hidrográfico) con diversos cargos (Oficial de Operaciones, Oficial de Navegación, de Armamento, Guerra Antisubmarina, Jefe de Maquinas y Comandante). Obtuve la clasificación como Hidrógrafo Cat B y posteriormente Cat A y Maestría en Ciencias Hidrográficas en la Universidad del Sur de Mississippi. Estuve comisionado en la Oficina Hidrográfica de México por los últimos 15 años de mi carrera naval hasta mi retiro voluntario en 2007. Desde entonces trabajo para la empresa Esri de SIG como Principal Consultor Marítimo.

    Como marino profesional e hidrógrafo, mi pasión es el océano y el progreso de nuestro planeta a través de la Hidrografía. Apoyar a la gente y nuevos colegas en este campo, así como aprender de los demás, son mis motivaciones para mantener vibrante nuestra Sociedad hidrográfica.

    Trustee nominee: Corey Goodrich

    Currently serving as Managing Partner of TCarta Marine in Denver, CO, Corey Goodrich heads up federal grant and international funding initiatives, designs and implements strategic plans, manages the company’s financial and human resources and upholds countless operational requirements.  Corey joined TCarta’s team 4 years ago, at a time of intense growth in technological capabilities and in company size; in that time, she has gained significant insight and become materially involved in the operational planning and growth necessary for the small, space-based hydrographic survey company to bring new technologies to the hydrographic community.

    With a background of more than 15 years in education, Corey’s most significant accomplishments were in models-based mathematics instruction, inquiry-based curriculum, financial literacy curriculum design and service on multiple leadership bodies, including a public school board of directors for 7 years.

    If chosen to serve this 501(c)3 committed to education in hydrography, surveying, positioning, charting and the related earth sciences, I envision leveraging my experience from two career paths in support of THSOA’s mission to sustain and bolster existing scholarship programs to remove barriers and encourage the next generation in advancing these applied sciences.  Additionally, in my position at TCarta, I have had the opportunity to hear from many hydrography, remote sensing, GIS, and geomatics professors in North America about their strong desire to integrate the most recent, relevant technologies into their programs with little-to-no budget for such undertakings.  With a common interest in providing tomorrow’s workforce with cutting edge training, I would seek potential within the existing THSOA structure to develop industry-academia partnerships and formalized programs.

    Trustee nominee: Starla Robinson

    Starla Robinson is a sailor scientist who has called NOAA home for the last nine years. These years are inclusive of her twenty years as a GIS Professional.  Robinson served as a Trustee in 2018 – 2019 and 2020.  Her primary contribution to the community has been to collaborate in organizing the Women in Hydro Events for CHC 2018 and US Hydro 2019.

    I am passionate about collaboration and recruitment.  I see gifted professionals (both seasoned and students), who are looking for meaningful work; and I see organizations with a lack of consistent personnel.  I would like to identify and develop tools that increase the matches between the hydrographers-of-our-future and those many development opportunities.  THSOA is the natural host for this since it attracts membership from the entire community including government, private industry, and academia.

    THSOA is the gateway for disseminating information about the hydrographic profession.  THSOA has many people interested in public outreach and education.  As a trustee, I will do my best to support those initiatives, and recruit more professionals into these service opportunities.

    As we build the infrastructure for communication and reach out to people to use that infrastructure, we increase both collaboration and recruitment.  Together we are creating a stronger community.

    Thank you for the opportunity to run for Trustee, Starla

    Trustee nominee: Hans Van Sumeren

    Hans Van Sumeren is the Director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College.  During his tenure NMC he has collaboratively developed several new opportunities in water related research and education including associate degrees in both Freshwater Studies (2009) and Marine Technology (2012), a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Technology (2014), Offshore ROV Pilot Training (2015), The Marine Center (2018), and an associate degree in Surveying (2019) along with numerous other professional development opportunities for the marine industry.  Prior to Northwestern Michigan College, Hans worked at the University of Michigan in the Ocean Engineering Laboratory and the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories where he served at various research and administrative positions from 1992 through 2008.  He holds both a BSE and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan with emphasis in Marine Environmental Engineering.

  • January 07, 2021 6:00 PM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)


    Please take interest or help to identify a pool of very well qualified candidates who may be interested to submit a nomination to the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator.  

    The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) announces the 2022 Call for Nominations and notes the information is published in a Federal Register Notice: 

    Federal Register Notice for HSRP Call for Nominations for 2022:


    Due date and requirements: 

    Nominations are due via email no later than April 26, 2021, are limited to 8 pages, require a cover letter with response to 5 questions, a short bio and a resume as noted in the FRN below

    While nominations are due on April 26 for a start date of January 1, 2022, you're encouraged to make early submissions. There is a rolling admission - and if you miss the April 26, 2021 deadline, we will keep your nomination on file for future HSRP panel openings. 

    For the nomination requirements, background on the HSRP panel, and NOAA's National Ocean Service navigation service programs, data and information, please find the following links below.

    NOAA HSRP Nomination Information - Federal Register Notice & FAQs:

    - HSRP Nomination information:    

          https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/call-application.html https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/call-application.html 

    -  Federal Register Notice for HSRP Call for Nominations for 2022:


    FAQs HSRP call for nominations for new members 29DEC2020.pdf            

    NOAA HSRP background information:

    - HSRP recommendations to NOAA:


    - HSRP Member info/bios:        https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/panel.html       

    - HSRP Public Meetings:          https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.html           

    - HSRP Working Groups:         https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/workinggroups.html

    - HSRP Information:               


    NOAA's National Ocean Service navigation service programs, data and information:  



    HSRP recommendations and issue papers: 


    Please feel free to contact me with questions.  

    Sincerely, Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

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

    Phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov

  • December 11, 2020 3:09 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    THSOA is looking to fill the following board positions for 2021:

    • President-elect
    • Trustee at Large

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

    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.

    Nominees must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be a member in good standing  
    • Must be willing to serve on a volunteer basis. 
    Nominations will be reviewed by the current Board and posted on the Society’s website in January. The election will be voted via the website by electronic ballot.   

    Nominations should be emailed to admin@thsoa.org. Please include the email address and phone number of the nominee.

    Nominations should be turned in by January 1, 2021.

  • December 11, 2020 2:05 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    THSOA is now taking nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame!

    THSOA is now taking nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame!

    The Hall of Fame is a THSOA program that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to hydrographic science and/or to our society. Nominations will close on February 1st, 2021. No further nominations will be accepted after the deadline. THSOA & the Hall of Fame Committee will induct up to three (3) members into the Hall of Fame at the 2021 U.S. Hydrographic Conference.

    Who May Be Nominated and By Whom:

    Any THSOA member in good standing may nominate any individual for induction into the Hall of Fame so long as the nominee meets one of the following criteria:

    1. Nominee must have advanced the science of hydrographic surveying.
    2. Nominee must have a distinguished career as a hydrographic surveyor.
    3. Nominee must have a history of service to the hydrographic community and/or to THSOA.

    Submitting Nominations

    To Submit your nominations, please visit: HERE and fill out the THSOA Hall of Fame Nominations Form. Your submissions will be sent to Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee. All nominations must be received no later than February 1st, 2021.

    Nomination Process

    Once nominations have closed, the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee shall gather all nominations received and forward a summary to all Hall of Fame Committee members. The nominations summary will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame Committee members and a short-list will be generated from all nominees submitted to a total of five (5) nominees. The Hall of Fame committee will then cast their vote for the 2021 Hall of Fame nominees.

  • November 18, 2020 3:34 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 10:33 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 11:04 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