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NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel

SAVE the DATE for the next HSRP meetings:

2019 HSRP public meetings - please save the dates:
March 5-7, 2019, Washington, DC
August 27-29, 2019, New Orleans, LA


Hall of States
444 N. Capitol Street, NW Room 285
Washington, DC

While RSVPs are not required for the meeting, the building security requests the names in advance. By Friday, March 1, please send an email with the days(s) you plan to attend to:
Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov
To be added to the list for meeting announcements, please send an email to the contacts above.

DATE and TIME*: * times and speakers are subject to change. All times are listed in EST

Tuesday, March 5, 9am to 5pm EST
Wednesday, March 6, 9am to 2:30pm EST
Thursday, March 7, 9am to 5pm EST

The webinar times are listed in Eastern Standard Time. Please plan to log in at least 15 minutes in advance to allow the updates to be installed and for trouble shooting as necessary. Please register in advance for the HSRP Public Meeting webinar, at:


The HSRP Federal Advisory Committee public meeting will focus on topics related to navigation services. There will be updates from the three HSRP working groups (WG) including the Planning and Engagement WG, Technology WG, and Arctic Priorities WG, review and discussion of proposed priorities for the HSRP, issue papers and recommendations to NOAA, comments and suggestions regarding regional, state and national priorities. There will be updates from the National Ocean Service program offices related to navigation services – National Geodetic Service, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and the Office of Coast Survey. The agenda times and speakers are subject to change so please reference the most recent draft online.

The HSRP is seeking public comments on the value of NOS products, and to offer recommendations to improve NOAA's navigation data, services, and products. Comments related to navigation services are encouraged and welcome in advance, in person or via the webinar. In advance you can send comments to hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov or Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that provides NOAA with independent advice on improving the quality, efficiency, and usefulness of NOAA's navigation-related products, data, and services. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator about its navigation (i.e. nautical charts and ENCs), physical oceanographic (i.e. tides & water levels), geospatial, positioning, and shoreline programs, products, and services. There are two public meetings each year in different port regions at which we seek public comments from stakeholders and partners.

AGENDA, FRN, bios, presentations, meeting documents and other information: Washington DC area Mar 2019

HSRP meeting information: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.htm and https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm

Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, HSRP program manager, National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA, telephone: 240-533-0064; email: Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

NOS announces the solicitation for nominations for 2019 HSRP members. Nominations are due MAY 25, 2018 for a four year term that starts January 2019

You can find more information on the nominations process and HSRP here:

HSRP Special Report 2007 cover Ports, Waterways and the U.S. Marine Transportation System--The vital link to economic prosperity and American jobs.


In October 2003, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans established the Hydrographic Services Review Panel as directed by the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-372. The Panel is composed of a diverse field of experts in hydrographic surveying, vessel pilotage, port administration, tides and currents, coastal zone management, geodesy, recreational boating, marine transportation, and academia. Advice from this panel will assist in addressing NOAA’s strategic plan to improve the nation's marine transportation system and NOAA’s plans to support commerce with world-class products and services that will help ensure safe, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation.

For further information please contact:

NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC3, N/CS, room 6127
Silver Spring, MD 20910
E-mail: hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov

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