Capturing scenes from hydrographic surveying

There are many benefits to working on a hydrographic survey project for NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. Some would say having the opportunity to visit amazing landscapes, work with talented people, and collect important environmental data are just a few of them. Recently, Coast Survey’s Hydrographic Surveys Division hosted an internal photo contest inviting employees and contractors to submit images in the categories of Ships and Boats, Landscapes, People, and Data. On this Earth Day 2020, we thought we would share our contest winners with you.

Category: Ships and Boats

NOAA Ship Rainier kayak in Holkham Bay, Alaska
NOAA Ship Rainier kayak in Holkham Bay, Alaska, during summer 2018. Credit: Lyle Robbins, NOAA

Category: Landscapes

Wreck of the MV Oduna
The wreck of the MV Oduna on a remote beach on the southeast side of Unimak Island, Alaska. The re-purposed 422′ WWII-era Liberty ship was stranded in a storm in November of 1965, finding her permanent resting place here near Cape Pankof. Photo taken by drone during survey operations in the area in June, 2018. Credit: Andrew Orthmann, Terrasond

Category: People

A crew member from NOAA Ship Fairweather trains in use of a handheld smoke distress signal.
A crew member from NOAA Ship Fairweather trains in use of a handheld smoke distress signal. Credit: Lt. Cmdr. Damian Manda, NOAA

Category: Data

Hydrographic data showing SS Oregon sunk off Fire Island, NY.
SS Oregon sunk off Fire Island, New York. Data acquired by the NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler. Story showcased on National Geographic’s Drain the Oceans. Credit: Lt. John Kidd, NOAA

Coast Survey received nearly 150 images and will share them throughout the year on our social media channels: Facebook (NOAAcharts) and Twitter (@noaacharts). Here is a glance at some other amazing images…

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico during a NOAA hydrographic survey. Credit: Cindy Hughes, David Evans & Associates, Inc.
Bathymetric data from the north side of Santa Rosa Island
Bathymetric data from the north side of Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, collected by NOAA Ship Rainier in 2018. Multibeam data revealed a dynamic seabed shifted by strike-slip faults. Credit: Amanda Finn, NOAA
The Aurora Borealis above Yakutat, Alaska.
The Aurora Borealis dances above Yakutat, Alaska. Credit: Lt. Cmdr. Damian Manda, NOAA
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler at GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York.
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler at GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York. Fresh coat of paint and almost ready to go with just a few weeks remaining in an incredibly cold yard package. Credit: Lt. John Kidd, NOAA
Aerial view of boat on Lake Huron
NOAA’s navigation response team homeported in New London, Connecticut, assisting in aerial drone testing for shoreline verification missions while on a project in the South Channel of Lake Huron. Credit: Eli Smith, NOAA
NOAA Ship Fairweather stands out in front of Hubbard Glacier, Alaska.
NOAA Ship Fairweather stands out in front of Hubbard Glacier, Alaska. Credit: Lt. Cmdr. Damian Manda, NOAA

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