Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    April 19, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | Conference Announcements | Coming Events | Newsletters of Interest | Join SECOORA
Ocean and Coastal Appropriations Letter for FY2011
The Dear Colleague Letter in support of several NOAA programs including IOOS, Sea Grant, Coastal Management and Estuarine Reserves was signed by 22 senators!  Thanks to everyone who made calls in support of this effort and especially to Bob Weisberg for working to get Senator Nelson (FL) to sign this important letter.
Interesting in hearing more about the SECOORA Web Re-design?
Riley Young Morse from GMRI, who is re-designing the SECOORA Web site, and Megan Treml, SECOORA Communications Specialist, will be available for feedback at the round table session and at the registration table during breaks at the SECOORA Board and Members meeting in May. Come take a peek at how the Web site is changing and provide feedback directly to the developers. We look forward to hearing from you.
BOB in the News
The Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) project, a partnership between COSEE-SE, SECOORA and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (CBO), has been showcased in two South Carolina newspapers recently. Doug Levin from NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office developed the prototype for the BOB, an educational grade buoy designed to collect water quality data that contributes to observation systems. The articles highlight Beaufort High School students, led by chemistry teacher Kinsler Mack, who have the first BOB Club in the United States. Mr. Mack has participated in both workshops, one to improve the prototype design platform for BOB and the second to reveal the next generation of BOB design with a focus on sensor instrumentation. SECOORA has worked closely with COSEE-SE and NOAA CBO to organize and fund the workshops, with the help of hosting institutions Skidaway and UNC Wilmington. SECOORA is also funding UNC-W for development of a data portal to integrate data collected from the BOB's.
Student buoy project keeps Beaufort River data collection afloat

SECOORA at the RA Product Developers Workshop
SECOORA will be represented by a talented cadre at the May 17-19 Regional Product Developers Workshop: Jennifer Dorton, Dwayne Porter, Jeremy Cothran, and Vembu Subramanian. According to the invite issued by NFRA, "the purpose of the workshop is for each RA to learn about products being developed in other regions, to learn from one another's experience (including sharing code), to work collectively on shared problems and to discuss whether certain products might be developed into a nation-wide products. In addition, we'd like to discuss an appropriate mechanism for ongoing coordination." The SECOORA DMAC and DMCC are tasked with identifying the products that will be showcased at the meeting. So far the Marine Weather Portal and the FWRI BioHab GIS have bubbled to the top of the list. If you have other suggestions, we welcome your input. Contact Charlton Galvarino ([email protected]) for more information.
SECOORA DMCC Tiger Team Requests Input
A subset of the DMCC has hit the ground running to codify specifications to develop two applications: a fisheries buoy-based alert application and a cruise scheduling application. The group is coalescing around a clear set of users, use-cases, and guidelines for the alert application, but we are in need of outside assistance for the cruise scheduling application. If you are aware of cruise scheduling efforts such as UNOLS (, please let us know. In addition, if you have specific ideas about how a scheduling application would benefit you directly or know of someone who would welcome being an active part of our development process, we welcome that information as well. Contact Charlton Galvarino([email protected]) for more information.
SECOORA Board and Member Meeting
The cutoff date for the hotel has been extended to April 27, 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.
REGISTER NOW: Please use this link to register for the meeting. 
NEW! 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. 
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
NOAA to Develop New Aquaculture Policy
On September 3, 2009, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, announced plans to develop a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aquaculture Policy. The policy will provide a foundation for sustainable aquaculture that will create employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provide safe, sustainable seafood; and complement NOAA's comprehensive strategy to maintain healthy and productive marine populations, species, and ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities.  NOAA is currently seeking public input to help shape the scope and objectives of a draft policy. We are particularly interested in hearing ideas about how the policy can most effectively guide and support science; provide clear regulations; support outreach, education, and innovation; and define the U.S. role in this international industry. To submit your comments or learn more about the process, please visit the Web site Note: The public input period ends May 14, 2010.
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.
Conference Announcements
Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes
The Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Coastal Environment, will be held in Annapolis, MD, from September 27 -October 1, 2010. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information has been posted on the AMS Web site. As part of the program Dr. Micheal Bruno and others are organizing a session on "Coastal Oceanography and Meteorology - from Observations to Improved Forecasting".   The aim of the session is to pull together scientists from the coastal physical oceanography, meteorology, and hydrology communities - and from the operational and R&D segments of each.   
They are seeking contributions from the IOOS community, including regional projects. The deadline for abstracts is May 3rd.  
Using and Adding Your Content to Google Ocean by Charlotte Vick, Google Content Manager of Mission Blue
April 27, 2-3:30 pm US EDT/11 am-12:30 pm PDT 
The webinar will provide a non-technical general overview of the ocean layer of Google Earth 5.0 "Google Ocean" and its current content and will also provide information on how to add your own content (text, images, video, etc.) to the site. We would like this webinar to get attendees using Google Ocean as much as possible, so we strongly encourage all participants to have Google Earth 5.0 downloaded and running on their computer prior to the webinar and to register as early as possible. Once you have registered for the webinar, you will be registered for access to The website (a portal for uploading content to Google Ocean). If you are interested in adding content to the site, please try to log in to The Deepness site before the webinar. Learn more about Google Ocean at Register for this webinar at
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 16, 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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