Since President Thomas Jefferson asked for a survey of the coast in 1807, Coast Survey has been the nation’s trusted source for nautical charts covering the coastal waters of the U.S. and its territories.
Nature is never static, especially in systems as powerful as ocean coastlines. Human activities are constantly reshaping vast areas, both on shore and underwater. Today, NOAA’s hydrographic surveys continue to traverse U.S. waters, measuring the ocean depths of the constantly shifting sea floor, acquiring data on changing shorelines, and searching for underwater dangers to navigation.
This blog will feature the work being done by the men and women of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey to protect life and property, on ships and on shore. Visit often, and learn how these NOAA Corps officers, physical scientists, cartographers and technicians produce the precise and accurate navigational products that mariners trust.