NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., has appointed six members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support navigation and coastal resilience.
“Providing coastal communities, boaters, and the commercial maritime industry with timely, reliable, accurate, and authoritative information is essential as we strive to keep commerce flowing through our nation’s ports,” said Sullivan. “The Hydrographic Services Review Panel provides NOAA with essential expertise on commercial maritime needs and hydrographic data that is tremendously valuable to us as we work to build resilient communities and businesses along our nation’s coasts.”
New members of the panel are:
– Larry Atkinson, Ph.D., Slover professor of oceanography, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia;
– David Maune, Ph.D., senior project manager, Dewberry Consultants, Fairfax, Virginia;
– Capt. Salvatore Rassello, director of nautical operations, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, Florida.
The reappointed members of the panel are:
– Carol Lockhart, Geomatics Data Solutions LLC, San Diego, California;
– Joyce Miller, director of seafloor data services, Hawaii Mapping Research Group, University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Honolulu, Hawaii;
– Susan Shingledecker, vice president and director of environmental programs, BoatUS Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia.
The new members will join the panel at their next public meeting from April 8-10 in Long Beach, California, where they will focus on NOAA’s progress in improving data delivery to support precision navigation at the Port of Long Beach, and improving nautical charts for Arctic maritime traffic.