Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Objective 1

Improved accuracy of and access to oceanographic products and navigation services

NOAA will focus on the evaluation and optimal use of advanced sensors, automation of geospatial and cartographic information for decision support, and oceanographic modeling that support hydrographic surveying and navigation safety, and integrated ocean and coastal mapping. This priority will emphasize techniques for multi-use and multi-sourced mapping data, re-purposing, extension and transition to operations of models, and providing real time, enhanced data streams to meet customer demands. It will also improve the efficiency of operations within NOAA for mapping applications in general. The resulting advances in the state-of-the-art will have immediate application in the marine navigation community as it transitions to all-electronic ship bridges.

R&D Targets:

  • Correct meter-level errors in Arctic positioning and provide a new vertical reference frame to support Arctic navigation

  • Document mathematical proof that a 1 cm accuracy geoid is achievable, and describe U.S. areas where it cannot be achieved

  • Evaluate and transition new technologies and tools that provide real-time observations and forecasts of water levels, tides and currents to mariners and offshore industries

  • Evaluate and transition new technologies for acquiring shallow water bathymetry such as bathymetric lidar and satellite-based bathymetry into operations that support the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping program

  • Integrate the inventory of ocean and coastal mapping data and link it to Ocean.data.gov

  • Transition research on time varying nature of sea level trends and exceedance probabilities to operational products, including projections into the future

  • Complete development of VDatum tidal models and geodetic models for Alaska and transitioned results to the operational VDatum Tool