Standard Ocean Mapping Protocol Symposium Registration and Comments Form

The SYMPOSIUM is happening today and tomorrow, October 6-7! You may use this form to submit any written comments you want to share, before, during or after the event. Join the symposium using the GoToWebinar link (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8278195966523873805) in the meeting agenda here: https://iocm.noaa.gov/documents/Public-SOMP-Agenda-Oct-6-7-2020-v4.pdf. You can speak during the roundtable discussions and/or use the Chat box to provide comment. You can also submit comments via email to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.

Background:
The National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (NOMEC) was published in June 2020 (available at iocm.noaa.gov/about/strategic-plans.html). NOMEC sets forth five goals and related objectives for mapping, exploring, and characterizing the U.S. EEZ, and for enhancing opportunities for collaboration among interagency and non-United States Government entities with respect to those activities. Objective 2.1 of the strategy calls for federal agencies to develop a Standard Ocean Mapping Protocol (SOMP) in order to facilitate mapping the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

The intent of the SOMP is to guide all participants (federal, state, non-governmental) in mapping data acquisitions and processing to ensure the widest access to, and use of, the data, minimize duplication of effort, and efficiently collect, process, and publish as much data as possible into archives and databases. The SOMP will be a multisystem mapping operations document with an initial focus on ocean mapping 40m and deeper. SOMP-recommended standards, specifications and/or best practices are intended to improve communication, reduce costs, and prevent unnecessary/repetitive work.

This protocol will include strategic guidance for:

-- Timelines and protocols for data management and availability
-- Bathymetry data
-- Seabed backscatter acoustic imagery
-- Water column backscatter
-- Side-scan sonar imagery
-- Subbottom profiling, and
-- Magnetometer data.

The Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (iocm.noaa.gov/about/iwg-ocm.html) is holding a virtual SOMP Symposium on October 6-7, 2020. The purpose of the symposium is to enable non-federal stakeholders to learn about the SOMP protocol and provide an opportunity for comment on it. Academia, private sector, state/local government, and non-governmental organizations are invited to comment verbally via webinar at the symposium, and/or in writing.

In the form below, please find the ability to register for the symposium and brief summaries of each component of the SOMP. You may comment on any of the components and related topics, e.g. standards and specifications, procedures and best practices.

You may comment in writing using the form, or submit comments via email to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov. All comments will be shared with the SOMP writing team after the symposium.

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If you would like to register for the SOMP symposium, please register through this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8278195966523873805
1 -- Timelines and protocols for data management and availability
The outline for data management is expected to cover data formats, file structures, metadata, and how to submit data to national archives.
Data management: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
2 -- Bathymetry data
The outline for bathymetry data is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering bathymetry from multibeam, single beam, phase-discriminating sonar, and LIDAR systems. Sub-topics include positioning, tides and water levels, system calibration and QC/QA techniques, coverage and resolution, how to assess uncertainty, and general gridded data specifications.
Bathymetry: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
3 -- Seabed backscatter acoustic imagery
The outline for seabed backscatter is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering backscatter intensity data from multibeam, single beam, and LIDAR systems. Sub-topics include instrument management, system calibration and QC/QA techniques, resolution, and how to derive products.
Backscatter: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
4 -- Water column backscatter
The outline for water column backscatter is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering water column data from multibeam and single beam systems. Sub-topics include acquisition parameters and calibrations for mapping operations, quality control, and how to derive products.
Water column: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
5 -- Side-scan sonar imagery
The outline for side-scan sonar is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering side-scan sonar data. Sub-topics include acquisition standards and set-up, range scales, frequencies and ping rates, coverage requirements, positioning, system calibration, QA/QC techniques, and how to derive products.
SSS: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
6 -- Subbottom profiling
The outline for subbottom profiling is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering subbottom profiler data from single-channel and swept frequency systems. Sub-topics include system types, planning and coordination tools, positioning, resolution, survey configurations, safety, and file formats.
Subbottom: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
7 -- Magnetometer data
The outline for magnetometer data is expected to cover procedures for collecting, processing, and delivering magnetometer data. Sub-topics include instrument selection, system calibration and QA/QC techniques, resolution and coverage considerations.
Magnetometer: Please paste below your written comments for the SOMP writing team to consider on data management. Comments may also be emailed to iwgocm.staff@noaa.gov.
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