Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    June 7, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | Oil Spill Updates | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | Job Announcements | Coming Events
SECOORA Ad Hoc Committee on Oil Spill Response
SECOORA has established an Oil Spill Response Ad hoc Committee to effectively organize our ongoing collaboration. This committee will assist with our efforts to respond quickly to opportunities while maintaining transparency and broad involvement of our members. The Committee will have two components: a technical group that focuses on keeping a SECOORA/GCOOS/RA proposal current based on evolving activities and conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.  The existing proposal may be broadened from its focus on subsurface mapping and modeling of physical parameters to examine the ocean observing contribution to assessing biological impacts.  A second group within the Ad Hoc Committee will focus on political and policy issues associated with this effort.  There will be overlap in the work and the participation on the two sub-groups. For more information, contact Debra Hernandez (
FY10 RCOOS Awards
NOAA has approved SECOORAs FY10 RCOOS award.  The funding period for this award is Aug 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011.  The total award is $1.7 million and is broken into the following subcomponents:
Subcomponent                                 Cost
Moored & Coastal Observations      505,090
HF Radar                                    454,999
Modeling                                    160,000
Product Development                     34,194
DMAC                                        374,222
Education & Outreach                    76,295
Project Management                      95,000
The SECOORA DMCC had a two half-day virtual workshop to:  (1) bring everyone up to speed on each partner's data management issues (an accurate and fresh inventory of who is working on what on a routine basis, what IT infrastructure they use, and what limitations, if any, they run into); and (2) to discuss how to best coordinate these skills and efforts as SECOORA looks forward.  Much of the open discussion revolved around the definition of 'products' and what defines the SECOORA data management core capacity.  The virtual workshop has set the stage for immediate action items as well as laid bare the urgency for having a face-to-face meeting this summer.  Stay tuned!
Nick Shay on National HF Radar Steering Team
Jack Harlan, HFR Technical Director for NOAA requested 6 RA representatives for a new HF Radar Technical Steering Team.  These people needed to have familiarity with HFR technologies (CODAR, WERA); awareness of the issues involved in remote, isolated locations; and awareness of issues involved in freshwater locations.
The following 6 people were chosen through a vote by the NFRA Board and will serve three-year terms, representing the interests of all 11 IOOS RAs with respect to HF Radar:

Larry Atkinson, ODU
Pierre Flament, U of Hawaii
Scott Glenn, Rutgers
Jeff Paduan,  NPS
Nick Shay, RSMAS
Eric Terrill, Scripps

Congratulations Nick!
Oil Spill Updates
Funding Opportunity: New Effort to Collect; Review Oil Spill Response Solutions Announced 
The Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program workgroup, newly established by the National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announced here Friday a new effort to collect and review oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors.  The Coast Guard's Research and Development Center, in collaboration with interagency partners, issued a Broad Agency Announcement on, calling for the submission of white papers that cover: oil sensing improvements to response and detection; oil wellhead control and submerged oil response; traditional oil spill response technologies; alternative oil spill response technologies; and oil spill damage assessment and restoration. More information:
News Links
Includes quotes from Debra Hernandez, Josie Quintrell, Nick Shay, Frank Muller-Karger, Bob Weisberg, and many others.
IOOS Response to Deep Water Horizon Incident
From Zdenka Willis:  "IOOS continues to be involved in this effort. Many activities continue. Sam Walker has been on-point putting together an 3D observing strategy. We saw the deployment of a number of IOOS partner gliders, and MBARI AUV off the NOAA Ship Gunter. Jack Harlan continues to work the bridge between the data coming in and ensuring OR&R can use this information. Check out for IOOS support."
NSF's Rapid Response Research Grants Available for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has in place a mechanism to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. For more infromation:
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
NFRA Product Developers Workshop
A NFRA Regional Product Developers Workshop was held May 17-19 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This was a very successful conference that brought together all 11 Regions, along with representatives of USGS and Google. The goal of the meeting was to elevate the quality of IOOS products, avoid the duplication of efforts, and make the best products available to all the RAs. The products available range from larval transport to inundation, from water quality to beach safety, and from observation systems to data management to models. See a fact sheet on existing IOOS RA products at
Job Announcements
Regional GIS Manager
The Regional Marine GIS Manager will be a team leader in developing and implementing spatially based marine conservation projects in the southeast United States.  This position reports to the Southeast Director of Marine Conservation and will coordinate closely with TNC science staff and partners from across the region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida).  GIS skills in spatial analysis, cartography, and data management as applied to marine planning and associated conservation strategies are essential.  In addition to technical skills, the GIS Manager will be a primary representative of the southeast marine program and must possess strong communication skills. The complete job description and application can be found online at
Coming Events 
June 8-10, 2010 ENERGYOCEAN 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 9, 2010 Forum on Earth Observations, Washington, DC.  NEW:  Interior Deputy Secretary, Carbon War Room CEO Headline Climate, Energy & National Security Forum
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
June 23-24 NFRA Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C.
September 27 - October 1, 2010 Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, Annapolis, Maryland
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
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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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