Table 9. Preliminary Marine Transportation Priorities
 
Priority # Description
1 Aggressively map the nation’s shorelines and navigationally significant waters
2 Integrate coastal mapping efforts and ensure federally mandated channels, approaches, and anchorages are surveyed to the highest standard
3 Modernize heights and implement real-time water level and current observing systems in all major commercial ports
4 Strengthen NOAA’s navigational services emergency response and recovery capabilities
5 Disseminate NOAA’s hydrographic services data and products to achieve greatest public benefit.

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel recommended the five priority actions above to NOAA by as necessary to maintain and improve a competitive U.S. Marine Transportation System. These actions are from the priorities for hydrographic services improvements recommended in the Federal Advisory Committee Special Report, 2007 prepared by the Hydrographic Services Review Panel Hydrographic Services Review Panel. (HSRP Most Wanted Hydrographic Services Improvements, Federal Advisory Committee Special Report 2007.) Additional GCOOS-specific priorities will be developed during a future workshop.

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