Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    April 26, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | Offshore Energy News Tidbits | NRC Committee on Ocean Drilling | Conference Announcements | Coming Events
SECOORA Members Aid Ongoing Oil Spill Monitoring and Recovery Activities
SECOORA members are contributing their resources and expertise to understanding the impacts and movement of the spill and are being tapped by the media for their expert opinions on the impacts of this event. 
Keep up to date on recent activities here:
Please notify SECOORA's Communications Specialist, Megan Treml ( of any other ongoing member efforts utilizing observing technologies and expertise so we can be sure they are included in future communications regarding this incident. 

SECOORA Board and Member Meeting -- NEXT WEEK
We are ready for a great meeting next week and are looking forward to seeing all of you.  All of the materials that you need for the meeting will be posted on the SECOORA Web site by Monday evening, May 3rd. These materials will also be available on a thumb drive in your registration packet that you can pick up when you arrive.  Only a small subset of these materials will be handed out at the meeting in hard copy in order to save resources.  
The final agenda is now available.  
Information for participating in the SECOORA Annual meeting May 11 & 12 via web broadcast is available here.  
SECOORA DMCC Meeting, June 2-3, 2010
The SECOORA DMCC will have a full-throttle 1.5 day sprint June 2-3 at the Public Health Research Center, USC.  The group plans to address large issues, such as codifying SECOORA's core data management capacity, as well as specific issues, such as detailing the specifications for a fisheries buoy alert application, a cruise scheduling application, and the asset inventory application.  The DMAC will lead a session on the afternoon of the first day where we will invite members from the DMCC and DMAC to phone in to take part in prioritizing SECOORA's activities for year 3 and beyond, e.g. product / application development in a biological & habit context; remotely-sensed-based applications; HF radar-based applications; educational, ecosystem, marine operations, coastal hazards, and climate change products.  Noticing a products-oriented theme?  That's precisely the DMCC's intent.  But we need to prioritize this unwieldy list.  The meeting is going to focus on approaching resource allocation and coordination in a products-oriented context from a practical point-of-view.  It's a lofty goal but an achievable one.  If you are approached to be a part of the phone-in session, please consider joining us to make sure that your specific needs and ideas are heard.  Contact Charlton Galvarino ( for more information.
SECOORA Member Institution Selected by NASA for Grant Award
Pelagic Sargassum spp. provides important habitat (food, shade, shelter) to fish, shrimp, crabs, turtles, and other marine organisms. The macroalgae can also cause nuisance beach accumulations. Our knowledge on Sargassum abundance/distributions and their future trend is limited. Chuanmin Hu, from the University of South Florida, in partnership with Texas A&M University at Galveston, FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Florida Atlantic University was recently selected by NASA under its Gulf of Mexico Program to conduct a project entitled " Mapping and Forecasting of Pelagic Sargassum Drift Habitat in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Bight for Decision Support" to fill some of these knowledge gaps. Using the most recent advances in both technology and algorithm development in NASA satellite remote sensing, the project proposes to generate a suite of Sargassum data products and use these products to help make decisions on the harvesting, research, and beach management related to Sargassum around the Gulf of Mexico.

EXTENDED Abstract Deadline (May 31, 2010) for "Renewable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment" Conference
Please consider submitting an abstract. We would love to see a strong SECOORA presence at this major conference! SECOORA is a major sponsor and will be heavily involved in the planning. Please note, the abstract deadline has been extended to May 31, 2010.
The conference is hosted by Center for Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University.  To be held November 3-5, 2010 at the PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.  
Link to Conference Web Site:
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
Speaker Pelosi Includes IOOS in her FY11 Request
The following was included in the Speaker's appropriation request letter.  This is the first time IOOS has ever been included in a Speaker request.
Integrated Ocean Observing System - $53,000,000
Collecting and managing ocean and atmosphere data derived from ecosystem observations is a critical first step in addressing climate change.  NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) was developed to routinely and continuously provide quality data and information on current and future states of the oceans and Great Lakes from the global scale of ocean basins to the local scale of coastal ecosystems.  These activities are necessary for climate research as well as long-term monitoring for climate change detection.  This multidisciplinary system provides data needed to improve predictions of climate change and its effects on coastal communities and the nation; to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime operations; to mitigate the effects of natural hazards more effectively; to improve oil spill planning and response; to facilitate ocean energy planning and development; and to enable the sustained use of ocean and coastal resources.  The request, which is the amount authorized in the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, would provide $33 million for regional observing systems and $20 million for national data integration and surface current mapping programs.
DMAC Guidance White Paper
Offshore Energy News Tidbits 
NRC Committee on Ocean Drilling
The National Research Council has provisionally approved the Committee on the Review of the of Scientific Accomplishments and Assessment of the Potential for Future Transformative Discoveries with U.S.-Supported Scientific Ocean Drilling.  The roster has been posted for public comment in our current projects database (, and additional project information is available on the Ocean Studies Board website ( 
Conference Announcements
SouthEast Coastal Oceanography and Meteorology (SECOM) 
The fourth annual SouthEast Coastal Oceanography and Meteorology (SECOM) meeting 2010 will be held May 27-28, hosted by the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. You may register by May 15th at the following link:  Once registered, you will receive a password that will let you submit your title/abstract.
SECOM is an informal, low-cost meeting promoting open discussion and collaboration among groups studying the coastal oceanography and meteorology of the South Atlantic Bight, Gulf of Mexico, and Florida Straits.  We especially encourage presentations involving research on coastal oceanography, coastal meteorology, nearshore dynamics, air-sea interaction, coastal observing systems, and development of marine protected areas.

Coming Events 
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 2-3, 2010 SECOORA DMCC Meeting, Columbia, 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.
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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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