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Next Innovation Webinar: NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program

Next Innovation Webinar: NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2021 Webinar Series, which focuses on our annual theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers, will continue on Monday May 24th at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. This series is generously sponsored by our partner SAIC. Learn more about the event below and check for details on future webinars.

NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program: Developing Next-Generation Data Services for the Maritime Community

When: Monday May 24th, 2:00 pm ET – 3:00 pm ET
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From recreational boaters to container ship operators, all mariners rely on a wide array of navigation data while operating at sea. To enhance the mariner’s decision-making process, NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation (PMN) program is developing innovative services and products that make NOAA's weather, oceanographic, and bathymetric data more accessible. By standardizing data formats and utilizing cloud technologies to process and disseminate NOAA’s data, the PMN tools allow for machine-to-machine readability with navigation equipment and software and provide new, more intuitive ways for mariners to visualize and discover the data. Through these next-generation services and products, NOAA is helping to achieve a safer and more efficient marine transportation system.


Julia Powell, Chief, Navigation Services Division, NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Julie is the Chief of the Office of Coast Survey Navigation Services Division (NSD). NSD provides a focal point for customer requests oncharting issues, short-term (fast response) hydrographic surveys, and Nautical Publications, such as Coast Pilot. The division coordinates and represents OCS at constituent events such as harbor safety meetings, waterways management meetings, cooperative workshops, conferences, and trade shows, as well as standing up NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program. Julia graduated with a degree in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and has a Masters in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. She is chair of the IHO’s S-100 working group that is working on the framework standard that underpins the next generation navigation products, such as underkeel clearance management, high-resolution bathymetry and other integrated products.


John Kelley, Physical Scientist/Meteorologist, Coast Survey Development Laboratory, NOAA Office of Coast Survey
John is a meteorologist and coastal modeler with NOAA/National Ocean Service's Coastal Marine Modeling Branch within the Coast Survey Development Lab. He has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University and M.S. in Meteorology and M.P.A. from Penn State University. He is involved in the development, testing, and implementation of NOS's operational numerical ocean forecast modeling systems for estuaries, the coastal ocean and the Great Lakes. He is the project manager for NOAA’s nowCOAST, an operational GIS-based web mapping portal to real-time coastal observations, warnings, and forecasts and for NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Data Processing and Dissemination System. Before joining NOS, Dr. Kelley was a postdoctoral scientist with the Ocean Modeling Branch at the NWS' National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Maryland.


About ESIP
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