Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies

Providing NOAA with a world-class mapping center to develop unique technologies to map, identify, and respond to a variety of threats in the world’s ocean and coastal zones.

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Tampa Bay Nested Survey Project – Student Blog #2

Tampa Bay Nested Survey Project – Student Blog #2

The chase boat making its way through thick fog which persisted during several days of our survey. Written by: Catalina Rubiano; Master's student with Dr. Alastair Graham. It’s the end of my third semester as a Master’s student at the College of Marine Science, and...

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Tampa Bay Nested Survey Project – Student Blog #1

Tampa Bay Nested Survey Project – Student Blog #1

Me (far left) and my fellow COMIT students (from left, Catalina Rubiano, Bea Combs, Steven Paul, and Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro), plus CMS research staff member, Heather Broadbent, PhD (far right). Photo credit: Sarah Grasty Written by: Catherine Dietrick; Doctoral...

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Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #3

Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #3

Sunset during our last night. As a new marine science graduate student this Fall at USF College of Marine Science, I was very excited to embark upon my first research cruise experience. This was also my first time doing a hydrographic survey, so anticipation was high....

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What we do

The intended benefits of COMIT will serve a diverse community of constituencies by developing, testing and implementing better, cheaper, and faster approaches to ocean and coastal mapping.

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Uncrewed Systems

Improving the efficiency of seafloor mapping efforts via advanced technology and processing algorithms.

Geodetic Observations

Developing tools for high precision measurements of the seafloor in coastal zones.

Applied Hydrography

Increasing capacity to rapidly respond to coastal impacts and changes.

Forecasting and Remote Sensing

Resolving complexity of spatial and temporal scales for hydrodynamic modeling in nearshore environments.

Professional Development

Capacity building through training modules, certificate programs, graduate coursework, and seminars.


Community engagement via user-ready content and products for the general public and elementary to high school-aged students.