NOAA Announces End of Paper Nautical Charts

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, today announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems.

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Senior GIS Web Developer – NorthSouth GIS

Full time Senior Web GIS Developer with over 7 years of recent experience in developing .NET Web GIS applications using ArcGIS Server 10.x. Position may entail working at our Los Angeles and/or Redlands office. If you enjoy using your development skills to build applications that solve client problems in a dynamic, rapidly changing consulting environment send your detailed resume to with subject line Senior Web GIS Developer Position.

Please refer to full description for all requirements,


Academic Coordinator II – UCLA GIS&T Program

Recruitment Period: September 16, 2013 through November 10, 2013
Salary range $60K to $70K with benefits, depending on experience

The UCLA Department of Geography seeks to fill an Academic Coordinator II position in the Geospatial Information Systems & Technologies Program (GIS&T Program). This is a non-tenure-track (NTT) position that is renewable annually. The UCLA Department of Geography is recognized as a leader in research and education in both human and physical geography. The GIS&T Program is a self-supporting initiative in the Department of Geography. It is designed to serve current students, faculty and staff across the campus, and the outside community.

General Summary
The Academic Coordinator II is responsible for supporting undergraduate and participant affairs in the Geospatial Information Systems & Technology (GIS&T) program, including: supporting Chair and GIS&T Director in the management of the program; curricular initiatives and planning; developing online course content; online course management; and program outreach and evaluation. This position is responsible for managing and developing online course content, and will collaborate with various campus units (i.e., Social Science Computing – SSC, Office of Instructional Development – OID) to establish and support the GIS&T online program.

For additional information about the UCLA Department of Geography:

The Department of Geography at UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff.

To apply:

USGS Webinars

The USGS National Geospatial Program team for CA, NV, and HI (that’s Drew Decker and I) is hosting a series of webinars over the next several months. These webinars will highlight USGS National Geospatial Program advances and new technologies being deployed by other Federal agencies. Please feel free to forward this webinar announcement to others in your organizations. Both of these webinars require advance registration, but we will keep this open as long as possible.

October 30, 1 pm Pacific: The USGS Volunteered Geographic Information Program

The volunteer effort of The National Map Corps to collect and improve structures data provides several benefits to the Program and its users:

  • Participation in The National Map Corps is easy. Complete registration instructions and editing guidelines can be found at
  • The National Map Corps benefits the agency and the participants by providing opportunities for citizen participation in USGS science
  • Participation in The National Map Corps raises geographic awareness and improves users’ skills in using web-based tools
  • Volunteer participation improves public access to data and data quality

The use of The National Map Corps and VGI will result in more complete national datasets in The National Map with improved positional and attribute accuracy. With this coordination, federal, state, and local government efforts, combined with citizen contributions, are complementary and lead to a richer dataset that is available for everyone to use.

TOPIC: USGS Volunteered Geographic Information
DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

To attend this meeting, you must first register for it. Please click this link to see more information, and register for this meeting.

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message confirming your registration. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

For Help or Support:
Go to click Assistance, then Click Help or click Support.

November 7, 1 pm Pacific: From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL):  Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data

This webinar will look at the past, present, and future of FEMA’s digital flood hazard information.  FEMA’s Flood Information Rate Maps (FIRMs) are primarily designed for rating flood insurance and reducing risk through community planning, but they also serve to inform the public about the location of flood hazards.  FEMA has distributed GIS versions of the FIRMs as early as the mid 1990s, but with recent enhancements FEMA’s current focus is on distributing the NFHL as geospatial web services.

Topic: From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL): Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

To register for this meeting
1. Go to

2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Other upcoming webinars in planning are:

Earth Explorer data repository (which houses imagery, lidar, landsat, land cover, and many other datasets)

Using the USGS USTopo geopdf

Using USGS map services

Introduction to the National Hydrography Dataset

Please let Drew or I know if you are interested in any or all of these webinars, or if you have other interests in Federal Programs that we can try to facilitate.

Lastly, apologies for duplication in the email if you are receiving this multiple times.


Drew and Carol


Drew Decker
USGS Geospatial Liaison for Pacific Region
NSDI Partnership Office, U.S. Geological Survey
4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
619-417-2879 cell
619-225-6101 fax

USNG 11S MS 8026 2158

Carol Ostergren
US Geological Survey Pacific Region
National Geospatial Program
3020 State University Drive East, Suite 3005
Sacramento, CA 95819
916-278-9510 (office); 916-278-9546 (fax)

Water/Wastewater User Group Meetings

Please join ESRI for the Fall 2013 Water / Wastewater User Group Meeting! Two dates/locations to choose from, agendas attached. Lunch will be provided!

Fall Water/Wastewater User Group – Otay Water Dist. – Spring Valley, CA

Date Thursday, November   7, 2013
Location Otay   Water   District
2554   Sweetwater Springs Blvd
Time 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Check-in 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Fall Water/Wastewater User Group Meeting – Park Water Co. – Downey, CA

Date Thursday,   November 14, 2013
Location Park   Water Co.
9750   Washburn Rd.
DOWNEY, CA 90241
Time 10:00   AM – 1:30 PM
Check-in 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM