NOAA adds new members to hydrographic panel

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has added new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services.

“Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine Transportation System. “We look forward to hearing perspectives and receiving advice from our new committee members, who represent a wide variety of maritime and coastal zone stakeholder interests. “

New members of the panel are:
• Lawson W. Brigham, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geography Program
• Stephen Carmel, Maersk Line, Ltd.
• Jeffrey Carothers, Fugro Consultants, Inc.
• Michele Dionne, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
• William Hanson, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
• David A. Jay, Portland State University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Joyce Miller, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
• Scott R. Perkins, Wilson & Company, Inc.
• Susan Shingledecker, BoatUS Foundation

“The maritime and coastal challenges are immense, and we need to involve private industry and academia to help us determine the most effective responses,” Spring said. “Whether it is ensuring safe navigation through new Arctic transit routes, hastening the re-opening of ports after hurricanes and other emergencies, acquiring coastal data that also serves additional uses such as science and marine spatial planning, or any number of other challenges, NOAA will gain immense benefit from advice offered by this panel.”

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