In coordination with NOAA, including the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Office of Coastal Management (OCM), other federal agencies, the state of Alaska, local, and native entities, the firm will provide planning, coordination, management, and technology research services.

“Implementing the ACMS continues momentum forward on coordinated mapping of Alaska’s coasts and nearshore waters. These data are critical for many reasons, from informed management of coastal lands and trust resources to safe navigation, responsible energy exploration, and climate change mitigation strategies,” says NOAA’s Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Coordinator Ashley Chappell.

“This effort will go a long way in supporting the finalization and implementation of the ACMS,” says Dewberry Associate Vice President and Senior Program Manager Mark Safran, CP, GISP. “Accurate mapping data will help many coastal communities that are without decent map information, which is crucial for dealing with coastal hazards like flooding and erosion.”  

Hillary Palmer, Alaska-based Dewberry project manager and co-chair of the Alaska Geospatial Council Transportation Working Group, is leading this effort.

“This much needed coastal mapping will play an enormous role in supporting safer maritime navigation and better emergency planning,” says Palmer.