Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    March 29, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NFRA News | Conference Announcements | Job Opportunities | Coming Events | Newsletters of Interest | Join SECOORA
Venue Change and Registration for SECOORA Board and Members Meeting
Please register for the annual SECOORA Board and Member's meeting to be held May 11-13 at the Hilton Savannah De Soto in Savannah, GA.  Focal topics will be the SECOORA Strategic Plan, the activities of neighboring RA's, and the South Atlantic Alliance.  We will have four panel discussions on the areas of ocean observation's role in Marine Operations, Ecosystems, Coastal Hazards, and Climate Change. Don't forget, the Members business meeting starts on Tuesday and there will also be Board Member elections that day!  Don't miss our World Cafe round-table discussions to be held on Tuesday evening.   Please see the DRAFT agenda, available on the SECOORA website.  If you have any questions, please contact Susannah Sheldon ([email protected]) or Robert McGuinn ([email protected]).
To register for the SECOORA Board and Members Meeting, fill out the online registration form
SECOORA Election Update
A Slate of Candidates has been approved by the SECOORA Board.  CV's will be posted on the SECOORA Web site shortly, along with the slate of candidates.   On Tuesday, May 11,  at approximately 3:45pm, the 2010 Board Election will be held using the approved Official SECOORA 2010 Board Election Ballot. Designated member representatives should confirm with Dick Dodge ([email protected]) and Susannah Sheldon ([email protected]) that they will be attending and voting during the election, or name a proxy who will be, by noon on April 5th.  

IOOS Regional Data Management Workshop
Charlton Galvarino represented SECOORA at a 2-day IOOS Regional Data Management Workshop.  The group focused on the current state of activities and tools related to IOOS DMAC and planning the Regional Associations' Data Management Team's activities for FY 2010.  The NOAA Data Integration Framework project (DIF) provided the framework for evaluating the effectiveness of different formats for data encoding, namely the Sensor Observation Service (SOS).  There are relatively few users which consume in-situ SOS-formatted data, however, several maturing SOS-based products exist, and since SOS data is by definition very metadata rich, it is possible that this format could benefit SECOORA products.  SECOORA already serves in-situ data in the SOS format.  It is conceivable that the SOS format could act as a wrapper around the inventory schema work done by the SECOORA DMAC and DMCC, and we could end up with a live snapshot of the SECOORA inventory by looking at the data itself.  Stay tuned!

Off-shore Wind Energy Development Workshop
SECOORA staff attended a 2 day workshop on off-shore wind energy development held March 24th and 25th at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources facility at Fort Johnson in Charleston, SC. The workshop was organized by the South Carolina Energy Office.  Attendees represented a full range of interests, including the energy industry, academia, the regulatory community, and other stakeholders. The first day was focused exclusively on the off-shore impacts of wind energy development while the second focused on the on-shore implications and impacts.  For a summary of the workshop and a list of participants please contact Catherine Vanden Houten of the South Carolina Energy Office at [email protected].  
On the Senate...Dear Colleague Letter Circulating...PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT.  Senators Cantwell and Lautenberg are circulating a letter to CJS Subcommittee Chairman Mikulski and Ranking Member Shelby requesting funding for critical ocean and coastal programs that support coastal communities and businesses, conserve marine resources, and promote research on the connections between human health and oceans and Great Lakes.  If your Senators have questions about the letter or would like to sign the letter, please have them contact Kris Sarri or Sean Houton with the Senate Commerce Committee at 4-4912.
Mark Your Calendars -   RA Product Developers Workshop
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
Monday, May 17 at 8 am to Wednesday, May 19 at 12 pm
Steve Ramp from CeNCOOS is leading the charge to pull together a working session with RA Directors and Technical Product Developers to share RA products, discuss what works, what doesn't, who the end users are, building common visuals, and how the products can be shared to other regions (i.e., who to talk to about technical codes,etc.).  This is a "pay-as-you-go" workshop and thanks to the assistance of Christine Manninen and Jen Read,  we have found a suitable location that should be enjoyable and affordable.
Conference Announcements
Center for Ocean Energy Technology "Sustainable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment" 
This conference will bring together researchers, developers, and scientists to discuss and identify gaps in the current state of knowledge regarding the environmental impacts of ocean energy development.  November 3-5, 2010, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.  Visit the Web site for more information:
Registration Open for 2010 Pattullo Conference
MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) invites you to the 2010 Pattullo Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on May 23-26, 2010.  The Pattullo Conference brings together junior women and senior scientists to share research ideas, experiences and concerns.
Conference participants build community networks with peers and senior scientists while also learning skills for promoting their work and their careers.  The Pattullo Conference is open to all female physical oceanographers within one year of obtaining a PhD and up to two years after obtaining a PI position (including postdocs) at all U.S. universities, government labs and research institutions.  Generous support from the MPOWIR sponsors (DOE, NASA, NOAA, NSF and ONR) will cover participant costs.
For more information and to register, please visit
Job Opportunities
Director, Florida Institute of Oceanography
The University of South Florida (USF) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO). The ideal director will provide the vision to lead coastal oceanographic research in Florida to the forefront of the national and international stage. USF is especially interested in candidates who demonstrate strategic leadership that is visionary, innovative and entrepreneurial. Applicants should apply through the University's online application system, which may be accessed at
FL Institute Climate Extension Coordinator
The Florida Sea Grant College Program (FSGP) is seeking a Climate Extension Coordinator. This individual will conduct extension, education and outreach programs on climate variability and change and coastal resiliency topics throughout the state of Florida, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Atlantic regions as part of the Florida Sea Grant Extension Program.  View the details.
Coming Events 
March 29-April 2, 2010 National Hurricane Conference, Orlando, FL

April 21-22 2010 NOAA in the Carolinas Meeting, Asheville, NC
April 29-30, 2010 OOI Science Community Workshop, Tempe, AZ
May 11-13, 2010 SECOORA Board and Members Meeting, Savannah, GA
May 17-19, 2010 IOOS Product Developers Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI
May 23-26, 2010 Pattullo Conference, Charleston, SC
June 13 - 16, 2010 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society, Wilmington, NC  
November 13-17, 2010 Restore America's Estuaries, Galveston Island, TX Poster Deadline Extended to April 2

Newsletters of Interest
The CSO Weekly Report, March 26, 2010 
Ocean Leadership Newsletter, Week of March 22, 2010 
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Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
Are you interested in ocean observations, ecosystem management, marine operations, or coastal hazards? Then you should know about SECOORA, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. SECOORA is the regional solution to integrating coastal and ocean observing in the Southeast United States. Commitment to ocean observing technologies in our region is critical. Your input, guidance, support, and membership will insure that SECOORA continues to develop the products and services that you need. Join SECOORA and be a part of the Southeast's future. Contact Executive Director Debra Hernandez ([email protected]) for more information.
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