NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel to meet in Galveston, Texas

Public can sign up for webcast
March 8, 2016

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Paneloffsite link, which advises the NOAA administrator on products and services related to navigation, water levels and currents, and positioning, will meet March 15 – 17 in Galveston, Texas. The panel will receive updates on regional activities and resource needs, and will consider information presented at this meeting in making recommendations to the NOAA administrator.

The public is invited to attend the meeting personally or online, and may provide comments in advance and during public comment periods. To submit comments in advance, email the statements to Please use the subject line: HSRP Comments.

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel meeting topics include:

  • navigation services and solutions

  • regional vulnerability and coastal resilience

  • emerging Arctic priorities

  • value, gaps and recommended improvements to NOAA’s navigation products

The meeting agenda, as well as online webinar registration and instructions, visit:

Tuesday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT
Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Thursday, March 17, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

Tremont House Hotel, 2300 Ships Mechanic Row, Galveston, Texas 77550


  • Russell Callender, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service

  • Scott Perkins, chair, Hydrographic Services Review Panel

  • RDML Gerd F. Glang, director, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey

  • Capt. Sherri Hickman, pilot, Houston Pilots

  • Peter Simons, deputy port director, Port of Galveston

  • Brian Hill, director, MARAD Western Gulf Gateway

  • Capt. Bill Diehl, president, Greater Houston Port Bureau

  • Capt. George Pontikos, vice president of port operations, Odfjell USA Inc.

  • Stephen Blaskey, licensed state land surveyor

  • Ray Newby, coastal geologist, Texas General Lands Office

  • Christopher C. Frabotta, deputy chief of operations division and chief of navigation branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District

  • Dr. Philippe Tissot, associate director, Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

  • Christopher McHugh, survey technician, TerraSond Limited

  • Membersoffsite link of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel

For more information, contact Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, Hydrographic Services Review Panel coordinator for NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, at 301-713- 2750 ext.166 or

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on carrying out the agency's navigation services mission, to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America's marine transportation system.

Keeley Belva,, 301-713-3066
Dawn Forsythe,, 240-429-6125