Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    April 26, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | SARRP Plan Released | Job Announcements | Conference Announcements | Coming Events | Newsletters of Interest
SECOORA Forms Thematic Working Groups 
SECOORA recently developed a Strategic Priorities Plan which outlines four major areas of emphasis over the next 5 years: Ecosystems, Living Marine Resources and Water Quality; Coastal Hazards; Marine Operations; and Climate Change.  The Plan details Key Products, Services and Expected Results for the organization over the next five years.
SECOORA will initiate working groups based on these thematic areas consisting of the primary end-users. These groups will ensure our resources are focused on delivering information and products that will be immediately useful and meet priority needs of stakeholders. These end-users will represent local, state, regional, public, or private interests. These will be independent of SECOORA (i.e. not SECOORA members). SECOORA staff will record and facilitate the process where necessary.   It is envisioned that each working group will contain a representative from each state (and alternate) plus 2 additional subject experts, for a total of 6 members (plus alternates).
Look for more information and outcomes regarding these working groups after the Members meeting, where we plan to gather information to guide the formation and process for these groups. If you would like to make suggestions for members from your state in any of the thematic areas, please email the information to Megan Treml
([email protected]).
SECOORA Board and Member Meeting Tidbits
WEBCAST:  The meeting will also be Webcast for those who wish to join remotely.  Learn how to access the webcast.
HOTEL: 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.  
At the May meeting we will have four panel sessions with a great lineup of speakers. We would like to use the panel discussions to further refine the strategic direction of SECOORA activities within the four strategic theme areas (Ecosystems, Hazards, Marine Operations, and Climate Change) by reviewing and defining our desired outcomes for products, services, and strategic partnerships.  We would like to focus on the practical and operational application of observing data rather than the scientific minutiae of specific research projects.  The focus will be on how best to translate and transfer the science to our user community through the operationalization of data products and services.  These panel sessions will also provide an opportunity to identify stakeholders for our thematic working groups.
The speakers for each panel are as follows:  
PANEL I: Ecosystems, Fisheries Sub-Area (Dr. Roger Pugliese, SAMFC - Lead; Dr. Mitch Roffer, Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc.; Ben Hartig, SAMFC Member; Dr. Kathleen O'keife, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute; Dr. George Sedberry, GRNMS)
PANEL II: Marine Operations (Dr. Lynn Leornard - Lead, UNC Wilmington; Dr. Dana Savidge,  Skidaway Institute of Oceanography; Nick Rigas, Clemson University Restoration Institute; Paul Friday, US Marine Corps)
PANEL III: Coastal Hazards (Dr. Peter Sheng, University of Florida - Lead; Dr. Kurt Gurley, University of Florida; Dr. Rick Leuttich, UNC Chapel Hill; Dr. Lian Xie, North Carolina State University)
PANEL IV: Climate Change (Dr. George Maul, Florida Institute of Technology - Lead; Dr. David Goodrich, NOAA/NCDC; Jessica Whitehead, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium; Dr. Otis Brown, North Carolina State University)
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
NOAA Buoy Data Reader for iPhone
A New iAPP made by Verona Solutions, LLC identifies NOAA weather buoy locations near you and brings buoy data to your iPhone, allowing you to read weather data on your cellphone.  Visit the web site for more information.
Special Edition of MTS Journal
The IOOS office has proposed a special edition to the Marine Technology Society Journal to be titled:  United States Integrated Ocean Observing System: Our Eyes on our Ocean's Coasts and Great Lakes.  The IOOS office is currently in the process of identifying and verifying contributors for this effort. 
About IOOS Funding (from IOOS Z-Gram, April 16, 2010)
In FY11, the IOOS Regional Funding will be competed across the entire IOOS Enterprise. The intent is to combine the Regional Association and Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System awards into a single award. Further, we will be using the NOPP process to provide additional areas of interest from the Federal Agencies. We have just started a 'Frequently Asked Questions' section on our website for the FY11 competition. The draft language for the FY11 FFO has been submitted by the IOOS office to NOAA Grants and Management Division. It is estimated that the FFO will be released in early July. Proposals will be due on 1 October 2010. I urge you to visit, and on the left side of the webpage you will see 'Federal Funding Opportunities,' and then click there to get to the FAQ. Have a question of your own? Please submit them to Gabrielle Canonico ([email protected]) or Regina Evans ([email protected]).
South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 
The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted. This plan benefited from, and is intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward.
Job Announcements
NOS IOOS Job Announcement
This position is located at the NOS Office of the Assistant Administrator in Silver Spring, MD. It requires scientific knowledge and expertise associated with the development and implementation of the emerging U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System,(IOOS), including collaborating between NOAA, other federal agencies, developing IOOS Regional Associations, and coordination with state or local agencies.
Please visit the website for more details and distribute as appropriate.  The Job title is Physical Scientist ZP-1301-4 and more information is available here:
Job Announcement Number: NOS-AA-2010-0005.
Conference Announcements
EnergyOcean International 2010 
EnergyOcean International 2010 will be held June 8-10, 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Hundreds of Ocean Renewable Industry leaders from around the world are gathering at EnergyOcean International to address the most pressing issues facing the industry today.  SECOORA Members - please notify Debra Hernandez ([email protected]) if you plan on attending and hosting a booth.  We would like to supply you with IOOS and SECOORA materials to display.
MSP proposal for ASLO ASM 2011
A session on Marine Spatial Planning is being proposed at the ASLO (Advancing Science of Limnology and Oceanography) meeting in San Juan, February  13-18, 2011.  This is  not a call for papers, but please contact Roy Watlington ([email protected]immediately if you would like to be a part of the session we are proposing or if you are pursuing a similar proposal. View the requirements for session proposals.   
Coming Events 
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 8-10, 2010 ENERGYOCEAN 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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
Z-Gram from the NOAA IOOS Office - 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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