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NOAA Ship Fairweather

NOAA Ship Fairweather in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The Fairweather is designed and outfitted primarily for conducting hydrographic surveys in support of nautical charting, but the ship is capable of many other missions in support of NOAA programs. The Fairweather is equipped with the latest in hydrographic survey technology –- multi-beam survey systems; high-speed, high-resolution side-scan sonar; position and orientation systems; hydrographic survey launches; and an on-board data-processing server. The Fairweather is named for Mt. Fairweather in southeast Alaska, which is the highest peak in the Fairweather Range -- the tallest coastal range on Earth.


To learn more about hydrography, visit:

Office of Coast Survey

What Is Hydrography? (Diving Deeper audio podcast)

Sea Floor Mapping (National Ocean Service Education)


(Original source: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

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Taken on July 23, 2009