NOAA is soliciting applications 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 August 10.
“Quality data is essential to NOAA maritime programs, whether it is developing innovative products for precision navigation, creating richer data streams for ocean observations, or tapping into new possibilities of crowdsourcing and other modes of data collection,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D, acting assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service. “As we determine future priorities, 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.
Current panel membership includes individuals with diverse backgrounds in the maritime technology sector including commercial shipping, the cruise industry, industry/trade associations and businesses ranging from small businesses to large consulting firms. HSRP has informally mentioned a particular interest in adding a New England perspective to the panel.