TerraSond’s Christopher McHugh presented at NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Services Review Panel in a public meeting in Galveston, Texas on the topic of “Sound Beginnings of a Hydrographic Scientist. Where They Come from and Why They Are Important”.
The talk describes the hydrographic resource challenges today and brings to light the qualifications required now and in the future. This aligns with the effort underway by The Hydrographic Society of America Certification Board’s efforts on national qualification standards for hydrography.
Christopher holds a M.Sc. in Hydrographic Science and a FIG/IHO Category A Certification from the University of Southern Mississippi - Stennis Space Center. He also holds a B.S. in Marine Science with a concentration in Geophysics from Coastal Carolina University. Christopher is also an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Geographic Information Science & Geospatial Surveying Engineering at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, TX. His research focuses on using high quality GNSS and Multibeam sonar coupled with geophysical methods to improve understanding of temporal changes in coastal ecology and geology.