Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)

To provide national, coordinated spatial reference system at various specified intervals which provide scale, orientation, coordinated positions, and elevations of specific points for use in surveying, boundary delineations and demarcation, mapping, planning, and development; to provide assistance to
State, local, municipal, and regional agencies in the development and implementation of Multipurpose Land Information Systems (MPLIS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot projects and spatial reference system development and/or enhancement, and Height Modernization.

For the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects involving applications of the NSRS.

The Joint Hydrographic Center.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Not applicable.

Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824.

Telephone: (603) 862-4559.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 11,796,545   2018-10-012023-09-30
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 11,253,175   2013-10-012019-09-30
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 2,870,038   2011-12-012015-11-30
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 174,997   2011-09-012015-08-31
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 300,000   2009-04-012014-03-31
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 999,000   2010-09-012013-12-31
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 2,146,590   2009-09-012013-12-31
Natural Resources, Washington State Department Of $ 313,784   2008-11-012013-10-31
Transportation, Montana Department Of $ 72,132   2008-10-012013-09-30
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 2,472,525   2010-09-012013-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Funding was provided in FY 2004 to the California Spatial Reference Center, the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center, the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama and Washington. In addition to these states, a grant is planned for FY 2006 to Arizona. For FY 2006 funding was not received to continue grant activities in Louisiana and Washington. Sponsored a meeting of experts to discuss models used in the Prince William Sound Science Center(PWSSC) for a Nowcast-Forcast System (NFS). The proposed project will complete the implementation of a Prince William Sound (PWS) Nowcast-Forecast Information System (PWS NFS) in Prince William Sound. Focus areas are 1) integration and coupling of ongoing modeling efforts at a new and enhanced computing and communications environment at the PWSSC/Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova, Alaska; 2) development of new information products for users in a variety of media including new Internet web pages; and 3) expansion of near real-time observational network elements in support of the model and user requirements. Examples of funded projects are more observation systems and experimentation to test models. The Joint Hydrographic Center has developed several new technologies for ocean mapping and hydrographic surveying that will greatly increase the quality and productivity of hydrographic surveying and ocean mapping in the United States. In particular, new techniques for multibeam sonar data processing will have major positive impacts. 3-D visualization techniques have been developed and demonstrated that will greatly improve the study of whale behavior below the surface.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Extend National Spatial Reference System into areas not adequately covered to meet infrastructure needs.

Use of basic data for survey system in local densification is unrestricted.

Spatial Reference System coordinates and elevations describe baselines from which restricted coastal boundaries are delineated and other boundaries are marked.

The National Spatial Reference System forms the standard of measurement on which State plane coordinate systems, land and utility records, and boundary delineations are based.

Federal funding (grants) are restricted to those State, local, municipal, or regional, and or universities specifically selected by the U. S. Congress, in annual Federal appropriations legislation.

To conduct research and carry out development programs at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire to improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping, and to conduct bathymetric research in support of delineation of an extended continental shelf.