NOAA change means faster maritime chart production

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) will be begin using a new navigational charge processing system in initial limited production that is designed to speed up the production process for navigational maps as well as increase the number of available products.

The Office of Coast Survey will be transitioning all data to the new system and users of the navigational charts will see better congruity between paper and digital charts as all of the associated products at the NOAA will be tied together digitally under one system. Changes to one map will be entered into one single system before being exported to the different products.

As technology started to grow in the 1990’s, NOAA began using separate production lines for each type of map. The new processing system ties together the two technologies and speeds the process of turning the cartographer’s map into a finished commercial and recreational product.

Initial production using the new process begins on Sept. 21.

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