Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration

With some keywords provided by Larry Mayer, I found out the following:
1. On July 23,2007 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2400, the Ocean and Coastal Mapping and Integration Act.
2. This act will direct NOAA to establish an integrated Federal ocean and coastal mapping plan
3. This is supposed to increase the efficiency of mapping efforts and reduce redundancy
4. Latest Major Action: 7/24/2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (

Related to this, there is an IOCM (Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping) working group that is co-chaired by Jeff Lillycrop, Army Corps of Engineers. See the comments to hear more about it.


Fran Lightsom said...

The Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM) is part of the US Ocean Action Plan, and has four co-chairs: John Haines (USGS), Roger Parsons (NOAA), Jeff Lillycrop (Army Corps of Engineers), and Steve Kopach (Minerals Management Service). Its first project is an inventory website that will provide agencies with information about existing mapping data and planned mapping activities, in order to reduce duplication of efforts. A technical workshop was held in Charleston, SC, September 11-13, 2007, to start work on the IWG-OCM inventory. More information is at the workshop website:

marmap said...

Jeff Lillycrop sent me an email too. Here are the key comments:

The feds are trying to better coordinate ocean & coastal mapping to eliminate duplication. Actually, there are other goals as well and we're not limiting our coordination efforts to only feds. The Interagency Working Group on Ocean & Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM) met last week in Charleston, SC, and developed a plan to coordinate ocean - coastal mapping data and activities using the Geospatial One Stop web site as the hub for communication. A detailed list of actions was produced and responsibilities assigned to get this moving by the end of calendar year 2007. This was a multi-agency plan with strong commitment by all participants. The approach builds on Federal geospatial policies and uses metadata as the primary tool to locate data & information. The IWG-OCM committee is co-chaired by USACE, NOAA, USGS, and MMS, I represent USACE.

You should start seeing information on the Geospatial One Stop portal, under the ocean and coastal community page.

The coastal mapping & charting workshops are open to the public. The next one will be in spring 2008, probably on the Pacific coast, maybe San Francisco, but a final decision has not yet been made on the venue.