NOAA logo National Ocean Service

What is a navigation response team?

30 August 2010, 3:23 pm

navigation response team boat

NOAA's navigation response teams, part of the Office of Coast Survey, conduct hydrographic surveys of the ocean floor, monitoring for changes in depth or hazards below the surface of the water that could pose great danger to vessel traffic above.

Six navigation teams are strategically located around the country, ready to collect data needed to inform officials of navigational hazards and to help the U.S. Coast Guard find alternative routes for commercial and military ships. NOAA also uses the survey data to update NOAA's national suite of nautical charts—"roadmaps" for mariners.

For more information:
Office of Coast Survey
Navigation Response Teams (Diving Deeper podcast, 5.19.10)
Hydrographic Surveying
NOAA's Navigation Response Teams
Rapid Response for Disasters

Original article: What is a navigation response team?