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Woolpert Contracted by NOAA for Hydrographic Survey, Bathymetric Data in Nome, Alaska

NOME, AK — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has signed Woolpert to a $7 million contract to perform hydrographic surveying and collect bathymetric data in and around Nome, Alaska. These data will support commercial fishing, shipping channels, coastal resilience, scientific research, and Seabed 2030, a collaborative project that aims to map the world's ocean floor by 2030.

Woolpert will collect data over 1,874 square nautical miles in Northern Norton Sound, which stretches from Golovin Bay through Nome to Cape Woolley on the eastern edge of Alaska. The region serves as a major transit route for shipping traffic to the Port of Nome, which has supplied food, construction materials, equipment, and other goods for over 60 Alaskan communities for more than a century.

Multiple hydrographic survey vessels will be used to collect these data, including two large live-aboard ships and two Wave Adaptive Modular Vessels (WAM-Vs). The WAM-Vs will be used primarily in a force multiplication strategy in coordination with the larger vessels performing this work. A combination of the right tools and experience are critical for this contract.

"Hydrographic surveying in Alaska can be logistically challenging, and moving equipment requires a range of vehicles and aircraft," Woolpert Certified Hydrographer Dave Neff said. "We're at home in Alaska, and we are excited to provide these needed data for Nome and all who rely on the region for goods and services."

This project is expected to conclude in September.

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