Please accept this reminder for the upcoming New Orleans’ meeting of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Federal Advisory Committee, the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). The meeting is two weeks away, scheduled to start on Tuesday, August 27th and complete on Thursday, August 29th the meetings are open to the public and will be hosted at the Monteleone Hotel at 214 Royal Street (New Orleans) with a daily start at approximately 0830 hours.
The opening session scheduled from 0900 hours to 1030 hours on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 features introductory and welcoming remarks from:
- Mr. Ed Saade the President of USA Fugro and the HSRP Chairman;
- Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, the Director of the Office Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA and the HSRP designated Federal Official;
- Ms. Nicole LeBeouf, Acting Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service and NOAA;
- Read Admiral Tim Galludet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator;
- Lt. Governor William H. Nungesser (“Billy”) confirmed;
- Colonel Stephen Murphy, Commander New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
- Captain Kristi Luttrell, Commander Sector New Orleans (Captain of the Port) Sector New Orleans 8th U.S. Coast Guard District;
- Mrs. Brandy Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; and
- Ms. Claire Trokey, Legislative Director for Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed.
The meetings are open to the public and members of the navigation community are encourage to participate, especially based on relevant meeting topics.
Please see the attached draft agenda and below for more detailed information, additional information is available on the NOAA HSRP’s website by click the following link:
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.
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, the Office of Coast Survey as well as the University of New Hampshire’s Joint Hydrographic Center and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The agenda times and speakers are subject to change so please reference the most recent draft online.
If I can be of assistance or answer any questions do not hesitate to contact me, thank you.
NOAA HSRP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT:
NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel
August 27-29, 2019, New Orleans, LA
NOAA HSRP public meeting:
Attached please find a link to a recent draft agenda for the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee. You are encouraged to attend in person and there is also a webinar for those not in the area.
The Monteleone Hotel, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
We’ll be happy to put you on the email list for the New Orleans meeting and provide updates.
While the meeting is public and all are welcome, we’d welcome an RSVP so we can save you a seat and for planning purposes. Can you please RSVP as possible to Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.
*Draft meeting agenda: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.htm
(* The times and speakers are subject to change – please pull the most recent agenda from the web.)
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.
Public comments on the meeting topics are encouraged in writing in advance, in person at the meeting, or in writing via the chat function during the webinar:
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:
HSRP Panel member bios:
Federal Register Notice for the HSRP New Orleans meeting:
CONTACTS for further information:
Sincerely, Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis
Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee
Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, N/CS
1315 East West Hwy., ssmc3 #6413 Silver Spring, MD 20910
NOTE NEW phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Fax 301-713-4019 – notify first
HSRP public meetings https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm
NOAA HSRP HSRP Public Meeting Agenda – 3 day meeting cheat sheet
*ALL topics, times, speakers are subject to change; all times are Central Standard Time (CDT)
Tuesday, Aug 27
Wednesday, Aug 28
Thursday, Aug 29
– 9am Opening
– NOAA and NOS leadership
– 10:45am Special session:
– 8:30am Recap on prior day
– Working Group updates: discuss OCS strategic plan and issue papers
– Special session:
– Public comment period
– 8:30am Recap on prior day
– Public comment period
12-1:30 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN (HSRP members – WORKING LUNCH)
11:45-1 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN (HSRP members – WORKING LUNCH)
12-1 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN (HSRP members – WORKING LUNCH)
– 1:30pm Special session:
– Public comment period
– 3:30pm NOS Tri-Office Director priorities
– 5:30pm Meeting concludes
– 1pm HSRP working group(s) discussion and issue papers
– 2pm Meeting concludes
– 1-5pm HSRP working group discussions, issue papers, and priorities:
– Small group discussion on issue papers, recommendation letter, OCS strategic plan
– 5pm Meeting concludes
NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel
Public Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 27-29, 2019
*Topics, times and speakers are subject to change. Times are in Central Standard Time (CDT)
Tuesday, August 27 – Day One
RSVP for meeting:
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.govBusiness, business casual NOAA Uniform: Service dress blues
Updated: August 7, 2019
Morning PUBLIC MEETING DAY 1 CONVENES
9:00 – 10:30
Ed Saade, HSRP chair
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith, acting deputy director, National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); director, Office of Coast Survey (OCS), NOS, and HSRP designated federal official (DFO)
Nicole LeBoeuf, acting assistant administrator, NOS, NOAA
RDML Tim Gallaudet,
Captain Kristi M. Luttrell, , 8th U.S. Coast Guard DistrictColonel Stephen Murphy, commander, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
● Brandy D. Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp.
● Claire Trokey, legislative director, Congressman Steve Scalise, (R-Louisiana)
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Precision Navigation Overview and Implications for the Mississippi River
A look at Precision Navigation requirements, traffic management, and the economic impact to Louisiana and the Mississippi River. A discussion among speakers and HSRP members follows.
Moderators and introduction:
Sean M. Duffy, Sr., HSRP member, Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic, deputy hydrographer, OCS, NOS
● John G.W. Kelley, Ph.D., physical scientist, Coastal Marine Modeling Branch, Coast Survey Development Laboratory, OCS, NOS, NOAA
● Captain Michael Miller, president, Associated Branch (Bar) Pilots
● Captain Michael Bopp, president, Crescent River Pilots Association
● Captain Stephen Hathorn, president, New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (NOBRA)
● Darren Wright, national marine program leader, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch, National Weather Service, NOAA
● Craig Winn, portfolio manager for HD Mapping, Marine Chart Division OCS, NOS, NOAA
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on your own (HSRP members have a working lunch) ___________________________________________________________________
1:30 – 2:45 Partnerships for the Future: The Mission of the Navigation Services – Data, Products and Services
The use of hydrographic and navigation services data, products, and services and the economic impact to Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the region. Speakers will address gaps and offer suggestions for how NOAA can direct its finite resources to enhance safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maritime operations. A discussion among speakers and HSRP follows.
Moderators and introduction:
Sean M. Duffy Sr., HSRP member; Tim Osborn, navigation manager, OCS, NOS, NOAA
● Dr. Ty V. Wamsley, director, U.S. Army Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer and Research Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Innovative Applications of Hydrographic and Navigation Service Data
How various types of hydrographic and navigation data is applied in new ways to develop boundary conditions and parameters for numerical models, improve efficiency of dredging operations, and facilitate the transportation of goods on the Nation’s waterways.
- ● Matt Lagarde,
- ● Paul Aucoin, executive director, Port of South Louisiana
- ● Mike Steenhoek, executive director, Soy Transportation CoalitionTransportation
● Darren Wright, national marine program leader, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services
Updated: August 7, 2019
Branch, National Weather Service, NOAA
portfolio manager for HD Mapping,
Ingram Barge Company
assistant vice president Health, Safety, Security, and Environment,
The Challenges and Benefits the Inland River Towing Industry Faces with Changing
Technology and Dynamic River Conditions
Ingram Barge Company operates a wide variety of tow vessels on different waterway systems.
Changes in navigation equipment technology and constantly changing river conditions create
unique training and product application challenges and benefits throughout the inland towing
The Port of South Louisiana
Challenges related to growth in the largest tonnage port in the western hemisphere, efforts to address channel maintenance and maintain the flow of commerce.
: Connecting U.S. Farmers with the World
The challenges and opportunities for the nation’s multi-modal transportation system – including
the lower Mississippi River – to connect U.S. farmers with international customers.
● Mark Wingate, P.E., deputy district engineer for Programs and Project Management, Executive Office, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2:45 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:15
Public comment period – comments in room and via webinar
Challenges, Concerns and Risks for the Navigation Services Portfolio
National Ocean Service’s office directors will address navigation services topics such as the 2022 updates to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), datums, Precision Navigation, unmanned systems, mapping, surveying, charting, remote sensing, photogrammetry, positioning, and water levels in support of “seamless data.” A discussion among speakers and HSRP members follows.
● Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic, acting director, Office of Coast Survey (0CS)
● Juliana Blackwell, director, National Geodetic Survey (NGS)
● Richard Edwing, director, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)
4:15 – 4:30 Stephen White, Remote Sensing Division, NGS, NOS, NOAAV-Datum: Current and Future Directions
Current activities of the VDatum Program, as well as challenges and future development efforts.
4:30 – 5:15 HSRP working group discussions – issue papers, priorities, etc. Planning and Engagement working group (P&E WG)
Julie Thomas and Dave Maune, chairs, P&E WG
5:15 – 5:30 Recap and day 1 wrap up
HSRP PUBLIC MEETING DAY 1 ADJOURNS
SPECIAL SESSION ALL INVITED
5:30 Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) dedication for
2 High Frequency Radars
Wednesday, August 28 – Day Two
Morning HSRP PUBLIC MEETING DAY 2 CONVENES
8:30 – 9:30 PUBLIC MEETING:
- ● Ed Saade, HSRP chair and Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic, alternate DFO NOAA
Day 1 recap and discussion
- ● Planning and Engagement working group (P&E WG), Julie Thomas and Dave Maune
OCS Strategic Plan, issue papers, other topics
Issue papers: emergency response, sea level rise, Arctic
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 11:30 Partnerships and Unmanned Systems for Hydrographic Surveying
A look at how NOAA and industry are moving forward with autonomous systems to serve mapping, charting, and remote sensing for both marine navigation and aerial shoreline surveying. A discussion among speakers and HSRP members follows.
Moderators and introduction:
Deanne Hargrave, and Ed Saade, HSRP Technology Working Group;
Neeraj Saraf, acting chief, Coast Survey Development Laboratory, OCS, NOS, NOAA
● Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (ret), assistant secretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator
NOAA’s UxS Strategy
An overview of NOAA’s new unmanned systems strategy.
● Michael J. Starek, Ph.D., associate professor of Geospatial Engineering, Texas A & M University Corpus Christi, Director of the Measurement Analytics Lab (MANTIS), Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science
UAS for Coastal Zone Monitoring of the South Texas Gulf Coast and Beyond
Showcase current work related to the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for surveying and monitoring of the coastal zone within South Texas and other Gulf regions including wetland resiliency, post-storm impact assessment, near-shore processes, and survey- grade UAS LiDAR.
● Capt. Andy Armstrong (ret. NOAA Corps), co-director, University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and NOAA’s Joint Hydrographic Center
Autonomous Surface Vessel Research and Development Program at the NOAA-UNH Joint Hydrographic Center and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
A summary of the ongoing ASV research and development at the Center, the relevance to NOAA’s navigation services mission, and examples of the research activities.
● Capt. Brian Connon (U.S. Navy ret.), director, University of Southern Mississippi Hydrographic Science Research Center
An overview of hydrographic research at USM’s HSRC with a focus on unmanned projects funded by NOAA OCS.
● Thomas S. Chance, former CEO, C & C Technologies and ASV Global (retired) USV’s for Hydrographic Surveying
A review of various unmanned vessels, optionally manned vessels, and minimally manned vessels that can be used for hydrographic surveys.
● Lt. Damian Manda, chief, Hydrographic Systems and Technology Programs Branch, Coast Survey Development Laboratory, OCS, NOS
Unmanned Systems Activities and Strategy in NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey
A summary of unmanned systems development and operational use to augment NOAA’s hydrographic data collection capabilities, and Coast Survey’s unmanned systems strategy
11:30 Public comment period
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (HSRP members have a working lunch)
1:00 – 1:45 HSRP working group discussions – issue papers, priorities, etc. Issue papers: Arctic, emergency response, sea level rise
Technology WG, Deanne Hargrave, co-chairArctic Priorities WG, Capt. Ed Page, chair
1:45 – 2:00 HSRP Day 2 wrap up
● Ed Saade, HSRP chair and Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic, alternate DFO, OCS, NOS
HSRP DAY 2 ADJOURNS
Thursday, August 29 – Day Three
Morning HSRP PUBLIC MEETING DAY 3 CONVENES
8:30 – 9:30 Public meeting reconvenes and day 2 recap:
● Ed Saade, HSRP chair and Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic, alternate DFO, OCS, NOS, NOAA
Day 2 recap and discussion, working groups, issue papers
9:30 – 9:45 Galen Scott, program analyst, Geosciences Research Division, NGSNational Spatial Reference System (NSRS) Modernization – Addressing Subsidence through Time-Dependent Positioning and Intraframe Velocity Models
In 2022, the National Spatial Reference System will be modernized to take advantage of improvements in surveying and mapping technology and accuracy, with new tools and models being made available to better serve communities in regions experiencing land motion such as subsidence or uplift.
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:45 Addressing NOAA’s Existing and Potential Subsidence and Sea Level Rise Services for Hydrographic Services
A discussion about subsidence, the challenges and changing risks from sea level rise, and the critical observations and data from NOAA and partners needed to understand the impacts on communities, navigation services, and the constraints of the current planning system. Speakers will address gaps and offer suggestions for how NOAA can direct its finite resources to enhance safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maritime operations. A discussion among speakers and HSRP members follows.
Moderators: Julie Thomas, HSRP member, and Audra Luscher, coastal hazards program manager, CO-OPS, NOS, NOAA
Overview: Nicole LeBoeuf, acting assistant administrator, NOS, NOAA
● Clifford J. Mugnier, C.P., C.M.S, FASPRS, senior instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, and chief of Geodesy, Louisiana Spatial Reference Center, Center for GeoInformatics
Research in the Physical Geodesy of Louisiana Subsidence
Chronicles the research of subsidence in Louisiana and support for the geoid model in 2022.
● Dr. Rick Luettich, Institute of Marine Sciences and Center for Natural Hazards Resilience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Living with Coastal Flood Risk in New Orleans
Information needs to properly assess and manage risk in coastal cities, such as New Orleans, that lie close to or below sea level.
● Renee Collini, program coordinator, Northern Gulf Of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative Cooperative, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Mississippi State University
Tools: Renovate before you build’ – and other bad analogies to explain what Gulf stakeholders need to address sea-level rise
A summary of feedback from science, service, and stewardship stakeholders in the northern Gulf on the ability of current NGS, CO-OPS, and OCS resources to address sea-level rise questions and needs.
● Brian Lezina, division chief, Planning and Research, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Implementing Louisiana’s Coastal Program Facing a Dynamic Future
How Louisiana is using current and predicted data to understand present and future conditions to implement the State’s multi-billion dollar coastal restoration and protection program.
● Windell Curole, general manager, South Lafourche Levee District
Improving Communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with GPS Elevations
An overview of the improvements in measuring water elevations and land movement in a subsiding delta.
11:45 Public comment period
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (HSRP members have a working lunch)
Afternoon HSRP PUBLIC MEETING RECONVENES
1:00 – 3:00 HSRP working groups follow-up: priorities, issue papers, OCS Strategic Plan, small group discussion, other:
Working groups: Planning and Engagement, Arctic Priorities, Technology Issue papers: emergency response, sea level rise, Arctic
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 HSRP member discussion and recommendations
4:30 – 5:00 Meeting recap
HSRP DAY 3 and PUBLIC MEETING CONCLUDES