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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Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #2

Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #2

Me reeling in the underway sound velocity profiler, a key piece of equipment on a mapping cruise. Our team has been underway for four days during which time we have been mapping in a target area outlined by NOAA’s Office of Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM)...

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Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #1

Mapping the Big Bend – Student Blog #1

The R/V WT Hogarth docked at USF CMS before we left on November 10, 2021.If you’ve ever wondered what living at sea feels like, asking a marine scientist is good start. As a marine science graduate student at USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS), I can tell you...

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COMIT Scientists ‘Map the Gaps’

COMIT Scientists ‘Map the Gaps’

Above: Chief Scientist, Matthew Hommeyer (left), and FIO Science Technician, Andrew Warren, prepare to deploy the underway sound velocity profiler (underway SVP) towfish aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth in February 2021. After three postponements due to COVID-19 and a slew...

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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.