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AWOIS Users Guide
This user's guide provides information for interpreting data that is listed in the Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System (AWOIS) database, containing approximately 10,000 submerged wrecks and obstructions in the coastal waters of the United States.
Behind the Accuracy of Electronic Charts
This article (reformatted) appeared in Sea Technology - March 2001 Issue. What Every Mariner Should Know about Electronic and Paper Charts. By Captain Nick Perugini.
The United States Coast Pilot consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart.
"The Coastline of the United States"
This brochure, published in 1975, "The Coastline of the United States," contains an official listing of the lengths of general coastline and tidal shoreline.
Data Management Systems for Digital Side Scan Data and Shallow Water Multibeam Data
Written by Gardner, Glang, Noll and Jacobs, this Paper was presented in Plymouth, England, at the HYDRO '99 Conference, the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Hydrographic Society, January 5-7, 1999.
Distances Between U.S. Ports
This publication contains distances from one U.S. port to another U.S. port and from Great Lakes ports to Canadian ports on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables
This document provides the required technical specifications for hydrographic surveys undertaken either by NOAA field units or by organizations under contract to the Director, Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, or the United States Department of Commerce.
International Hydrographic Survey Standards
Written by Gerald B. Mills, this paper was published in the "International Hydrographic Review," LXXV(2), September 1998.
Marine Transportation System General Presentation
In this presentation Captain Dave MacFarland offers many examples, explaining how every U.S. citizen relies on the Marine Transportation System for energy delivery, exports, transportation, cost-effective consumer goods, recreation, environmental protection and much more.
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Hydrographic Survey Priorities
This NOAA developed National Survey Priorities addresses current trends in maritime navigation and supports NOAA's Promote Safe Navigation and interagency Marine Transportation System initiatives.
Nautical Charting Plan
This NOAA developed Nautical Charting Plan addresses current trends in maritime navigation and supports NOAA's Promote Safe Navigation and interagency Marine Transportation System initiatives.
Nautical Charts and GPS (originally a brochure)
With the advent of the Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) and, in United States waters, the U.S. Coast Guard's Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), mariners are now capable of navigating ships with much greater accuracy than previously possible.
Navigation Services NOAA's Role in a Safe and Efficient Marine Transportation System
In this PowerPoint presentation, Captain Roger L. Parsons, NOAA provides us a look at the role NOAA plays in safe and efficient Marine Transportation. We take a look at the Nation's Marine Transportation System and how NOAA's navigation services contributes to and impacts our Nation's marine transportation system.
New Technology for Shallow Water Hydrographic Surveys
Written by Andrew A. Armstrong, Lloyd C. Huff and Gerd F. Glang with additional excerpts from a paper by Gary C. Guenther, Thomas J. Eisler, Jack L. Riley and Steven W. Perez; published in the "International Hydrographic Review," LXXV(2), September 1998.
NOAA Contractor Partnership: How NOAA Uses Private Industry to Support Nautical Charting
Written by Samuel P. DeBow Jr., C.Brian Greenawalt and Jeffrey Ferguson, published in the "International Hydrographic Review," Volume No. 1 (New Series), July 2000.
Safe Passage Into the 21st Century (Brochure)
A full-color brochure (reformatted for the web) describing the modernization of NOAA's navigational services. Read about real-time tide and current systems, differential global positioning systems, modern surveying technologies, sustainable coastal development and many more relevant topics necessary to promote safe navigation.
Shore and Sea Boundaries by Aaron L. Shalowitz (Vol. 1 and 2) and Michael W. Reed (Vol. 3)
This three volume publication summarizes the technical and legal aspects of determining maritime boundaries in the U.S., particularly with respect to the use of data acquired by the Office of Coast Survey and its predecessors.