NOAA updates New York Harbor charts after Sandy

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated edition of the New York Harbor nautical charts to reflect changes resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

The latest edition of Chart 12334 – New York Harbor includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions.

“This new chart edition is the first product of a multiyear post-Sandy charting plan,” Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, said in a statement. “We have NOAA vessels and private contractors surveying coastal areas affected by Sandy through this year and next, acquiring the data we will use to update nearly two dozen East Coast nautical charts.

“It normally takes more than a year, and sometimes four years or more in very complicated areas, to create a new chart edition,” Glang said. “In this case we were able to use data we gathered to help the repair efforts at the Statue of Liberty, merge it with depth measurements collected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and push it ahead as a priority since the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is so essential to the nation’s economy.”

The new chart edition is the result of combined efforts of several federal agencies. Following up on its survey response immediately after the storm, NOAA began acquiring more post-Sandy hydrographic data in April. A Coast Survey navigation response team, equipped with high-tech surveying equipment, searched for underwater storm debris and mapped the depths surrounding Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

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