Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    March 29, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | Other RA News | Gulf Stream News| NRC Study | Conference Announcements | Job Opportunities | Coming Events | Newsletters of Interest | Join SECOORA
More about the SECOORA Board and Members Meeting
Don't miss the SECOORA Annual Board and Members meeting in beautiful Savannah, GA at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  We will have four engaging and thoughtful panel discussions covering our strategic areas of ecosystems, coastal hazards, marine operations, and climate change.  In addition to the panels, we will also cover our engagement with the South Atlantic Alliance, the National Federation of Regional Associations, the IOOS program as a whole, as well as syncing up with the actions of our neighboring Regional Associations (MACOORA, GCOOS, and CaRA).  
Please register at this link.  It only takes a minute or two.  
SECOORA Election Update
An election for seats on the Board of Directors will be held on May 11, 2010 at the annual meeting. The slate of nominees and their curriculum vitae are available for your review on the website.   Also available for review are the election framework, draft election ballot and a list of members in good standing and their designated representatives.  On Tuesday, May 11, at approximately 3:45pm, the 2010 Board Election will be held using the approved Official SECOORA 2010 Board Election Ballot. Note, the final deadline for naming a proxy is May 11th at 3:00pm. 
Other RA News 
From MACOORA...Google Earth, Visualizations and MACOORA/MARCOOS  
The national buoy data center and Google Earth provide easy to use visualization of buoys in the IOOS domain. The NDBC Observations Interactive map has been improved to include new functionality. The user can filter for stations by program and/or operator by utilizing check boxes. 
Researchers at MACOORA member, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth/SMAST have deployed a CODAR station at the National Park Service Cape Cod National Seashore site near Nauset, Massachusetts. CODAR is a high-frequency remote-sensing radar system that is used to measure coastal ocean surface currents out to a range of about 150 km; the data is used to calculate the speed and direction of the radial component of surface current. Long range CODAR on outer Cape Cod is paired with a similar Rutgers University CODAR on Nantucket to produce hourly surface maps of surface current vectors with a spatial resolution of about 6 km. Visualizations can be seen in Google Maps,  SeaSonde and Matlab (PNG).
Oceanographers and other scientists are using Google Earth in a new way to view real-time data streams on everything from ocean temperature and currents to the movement of ships - all at once. Known as the Global Visualization Lab and developed by MACOORA member, the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the technology is providing a completely new sense of the ocean.  The data come from a wide variety of sources - including satellites, autonomous underwater vehicles, and floating buoys. When viewed on the lab's large flat panel TVs and navigated with a 3-D mouse, the Google Earth globe and any data illustrated on it are seen with such high resolution and great detail that viewing the image feels more like a high-flying helicopter ride. Watch here
Gulf Stream News
 Recent Gulf Stream Imagery
ROFFS false color enhanced infrared satellite image
 Image Credit:  Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (

This is a false color enhanced infrared satellite image derived from the NOAA_15 satellite on April 02, 2010 at 11 GMT covering the area from North Carolina to the Florida panhandle including the Bahamas and Cuba. The warmer waters are depicted with the hotter colors (reds-yellows) and the relatively cooler colors in the blues-greens. Clouds are cooler and appear with blue colors particularly over parts of the Bahamas and Cuba. This is only one of many clear satellite images received at Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (ROFFS™) that shows a myriad of ocean circulation features over the SECOORA region. Of note are many Gulf Stream eddy features, especially the unusually large one south of Cape Hatteras that has pulled the Gulf Stream water in an eastward direction substantially deviated from its usual northeastward path. These and other currents influence the distribution of fish, fish larvae and other marine resources in the region. SECOORA member institutions are studying the effects of currents on marine life and are providing this information to resource managers to help in the decision making process.
This area was also recently highlighted in a BBC article titled "Gulf Stream 'is not slowing down'".  The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists who have used satellites to monitor tell-tale changes in the height of the sea.  Read more here...
Seeking Nominations for NRC Study
The National Research Council is seeking nominations for a new committee to evaluate sea level rise for California, Oregon, and Washington for the years 2030, 2050 and 2100. The evaluation will cover both global and local sea level rise. Of particular interest are individuals with expertise in measuring and modeling the major contributors to sea level rise, including:
physical oceanography (currents, sea surface heights, ocean winds)
climate science (ocean-atmosphere interaction, seasonal-to-decadal climate variability, ENSO dynamics)
glaciology and ice sheet dynamics
coastal ecology
coastal processes/sediment dynamics
Debra Hernandez is on the Ocean Studies Board and can forward nominations.  Please send your suggestions by April 15 to [email protected].
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:
Update on NOAA in the Carolinas Conference
The 2010 NOAA in the Carolinas meeting is being co-hosted by the NOAA National Climate Data Center.  The program will focus on four key topical areas:
Marine & Coastal Ecosystems
Energy & Transportation 
Human Health & Society 
Water (Agriculture and Ecosystems)

Keynote speakers include the Eileen Shea, who has been instrumental in developing NOAA's new Climate Service, Otis Brown, Director of the new Climate Cooperative Institute, and Anne Waple, a climate change scientist involved with development of regional assessments.  Check out the agenda and registration details at the following link: Note that the registration deadline is April 15!

Registration Now Open For Small Sea Changes: BIG California Impacts Workshop
Interagency Group to host workshop that explores how monitoring and understanding the ocean delivers economic and environmental benefits to industries, government, and citizens of California.  Learn more.
Job Opportunities
Georgia Sea Grant Communications Director
Georgia Sea Grant is seeking a Communications Director who will use new media, the Web and traditional approaches to educate and inform, as well as gather input from, Georgia Sea Grant's constituency. Georgia Sea Grant is one of 32 state programs within the National Sea Grant program and is based at the University of Georgia in Athens.  The position will be housed at the University of Georgia's main campus.  To apply visit the University of Georgia's job postings Webpage at:  Then click SEARCH POSTINGS in the left column and use the UGA job posting number (20100300) to search for the position.
SCCOOS is hiring a programmer to assist in the design and implementation of our data management system. The position will be based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Full job description can be found here.  Please feel free to circulate to those you feel may be interested.  Contact Lisa Hazard at [email protected]
Coming Events 
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  **REGISTRATION NOW OPEN** 
November 3-5, 2010 Sustainable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
November 13-17, 2010 Restore America's Estuaries, Galveston Island, TX Poster Deadline Extended to April 2

Newsletters of Interest
IOOS Z-Gram, March 19, 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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