Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    April 12, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | Conference Announcements | Coming Events | Newsletters of Interest | Join SECOORA
URGENT:  Ocean and Coastal Appropriations Letter for FY2011
The deadline for signatures has been extended to Monday, April 12th on the Dear Colleague Letter that Senators Cantwell and Lautenberg are circulating in support of several NOAA programs including IOOS, Sea Grant, Coastal Management and Estuarine Reserves. Currently no Senators from the southeast have yet agreed to sign.  Please contact their offices TODAY, when they return from recess.  Those who have signed include: Begich, Boxer, Brown, Burris, Cantwell, Casey, Kaufman, Kerry, Lautenberg, Levin, Lieberman, Merkley, Reed, Snowe, Whitehouse, Wyden. 
Seeking Nominations for SECOORA Expert Panel for Proposal Development
In compliance with the  Proposal Development Process for IOOS funding opportunities adopted by the SECOORA Board on February 10, 2010, SECOORA will be assembling an expert panel consisting, in part, of three objective experts.  The experts may be from the SECOORA region only if they will not be submitting proposals or would not be otherwise conflicted. The panel will be used to evaluate and coordinate SECOORA member proposals for the upcoming IOOS funding opportunity.  We need your nominations for these experts (no more than two per member).  The panel will be voted on by the SECOORA Board during their May 11 meeting.  You must confirm that the nominee is willing to participate before nominating.  Time commitment is approximately 6 hours of in-person or virtual meeting time as well as an additional 8 hours time for review.  A stipend will be available.  Nominations should be sent to Robert McGuinn no later than 5:00P April 20 and should include a one paragraph description of the nominee's expertise. 
Experts must have a wide range of knowledge in one or more of the following areas. 1. Observations and data management 2. Modeling 3. Application of ocean data to SECOORA thematic areas of climate change, coastal hazards, marine operations, and ecosystems. 4. Knowledge of NOAA IOOS program priorities.  Preference should be given to nominees who can cover multiple areas of expertise.
SECOORA Board and Member Meeting:  Logistics

Meeting Dates and Times: 
May 11: The Board meeting is from 12-2:30 pm. The Members meeting begins at 3 pm. May 12: The Members meeting is from 8 am - 5:15 pm.
May 13: The proposal development planning meeting is from 8 am - 12 pm.
Hotel: Everyone is responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The reservation group code is SCC; and the cutoff date to receive the group rate is April 19, 2010. You can make reservations by calling the hotel at 912-232-9000 or 1-800-426-8483 or by visiting and entering the Group/Convention Code: SCC.
Meeting Agenda: The most recent agenda is available on the website, 
REGISTER NOW: Please use this link to register for the meeting. 
The meeting will also be Webcast for those who wish to join remotely!  The remote participants will be able to listen in and view the presentations at the meeting with a high speed internet connection.  Remote participants will also be able to ask questions via text and audio to participate in the discussion.  All connection information will be sent prior to the meeting along with other advance meeting materials. 

SECOORA Co-Sponsors Renewable Ocean Energy and the Marine Environment Conference
SECOORA is working with Florida Atlantic University to co-sponsor the Renewable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment conference to be held November 3-5, 2010 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  SECOORA is participating on the conference planning team and will play a lead role in the data, information and marine spatial planning theme area and may also coordinate an additional governance and policy session. DEADLINE to Submit Proposals: Friday, April 23, 2010.  Visit the Web site for more information on how to submit abstracts.
Workshop on Offshore Wind Energy Development Follow Up
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.  A list of participants as well as links to all the presentations from this work is now available online.  
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
2010 RFP - Sensors for Human and Marine Health 
View a new funding opportunity, "2010 Request for Proposals for NOAA Scientists and Partners on Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes Sensors for Human and Marine Animal Health".  Proposals are due May 13, 2010.  This RFP is designed to engage NOAA scientists, Science Centers, and Laboratories in the development, engineering, and testing of ocean and coastal sensors for detection of pathogens, chemical contaminants, and harmful algae and their toxins, that affect human or marine animal health.  Proposals must have a NOAA lead researcher.  Applicants are encouraged to work across NOAA, with IOOS Regional Associations, OHHI Centers of Excellence, OHHI Consortia for Graduate Traineeships, NOAA Regional Teams, or other academic, public, or private sector partner.  Funds may be used both internal to NOAA and to support external partners.

AOOS Request for Proposals for Data Management Services
The Alaska Ocean Observing System intends to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May 2010 to provide data warehouse, access and discovery, transport and archive functions for the next five years. The RFP will also include a request for proposals to meet specific user interface and user product needs. For more information, visit theAOOS Web site
Conference Announcements
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Monitoring Forum 
This forum held June 9-10, 2010 in St. Petersburg, FL is to discuss the general status of current monitoring efforts and future data needs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Learn More
Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
The National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPA Center) will be holding the15th meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) from April 20 -22 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.  Please visit for the latest agenda.
Coming Events 
April 20-22, 2010 MPA Federal Advisory Committee, Charleston, SC
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 9, 2010 Forum on Earth Observations, Washington, DC
June 9-10, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Monitoring Forum, St. Petersburg, FL
June 13 - 16, 2010 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society, Wilmington, NC 
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

February 13-18, 2011 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Session Proposals are due April 30, 2010.
Newsletters of Interest
CSO Weekly Report - April 9, 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 ( for more information.
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