Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
 Regional Association
Weekly News Update    June 14, 2010
In This Issue: SECOORA News | Oil Spill Updates | NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News | Job Announcements | Coming Events
Board Conference Call 
A SECOORA Board conference call is scheduled for June 28 at 10am.  The purposes of this call are for Officer elections and Committee Chair and membership selection and confirmation.  An agenda will be distributed soon. 
SECOORA Committee Memberships
SECOORA Members, please review your committee membership(s) and confirm your interest in continuing to serve. If you would like to make changes to your membership or nominate others, please contact Susannah Sheldon ( or 843.696.6837). Before nominating anyone, please confirm their willingness to serve. Only Board, institutional, or sustaining members may serve on Policy Committees, but Program Committees are open to other members, and nonmembers as well.
Our Committee Chairs do excellent work and we want to take a moment to recognize their leadership and contributions to SECOORA.  At this time, SECOORA is also encouraging turnover in Committee Chairs.  While we have a two-year term limit in effect for SECOORA officers, there is currently no limit in place for Committee Chairs.   In the interest of encouraging broad participation and increasing SECOORA's institutional depth, we would be interested in hearing from anyone who has an interest in serving as a Committee Chair.  If you are either a current Chair that wants to continue or someone with an interest in serving in a leadership capacity as a committee chair, please contact Debra directly ( or 843.906.8686) to confirm your interest.
Oil Spill Updates
News Links
George Maul: Ocean observing system needed,, June 7, 2010
IOOS Response to Deep Water Horizon Incident
From Zdenka Willis:  We have 9 gliders in the Gulf as I write this Zgram (June 11, 2010).  Keep up with the action by visiting for IOOS support.  Thank you very much to MACOORA Partner Rutgers for providing this web portal. The portal includes a blog with daily updates of assets in the water.  The website also provides Google Earth KMZs - gliders, satellites, hf-radar, models.  This week University of Delaware and SCRIPPS launched gliders in the Gulf of Mexico, and they join the Gliders from MOTE, USF, USM and Rutgers.
Research opportunity
An opportunity titled "Deepwater Horizon Response" is available from the United States Coast Guard.  Visit for more information.
NOAA, NFRA, and Other RA News 
NOAA in the Carolinas Materials
The 2010 NOAA in the Carolinas meeting report as well as presentations provided by the keynote speakers are available online:
NOAA's 35th Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop
This meeting will be held October 4-7, 2010 in Raleigh, NC to address the status and prospects for advancing climate monitoring, assessment, and prediction, with emphasis in three major themes:

(1) Use of climate data records including satellite data, climatologies for improving climate predictions/predictability, and understanding and attribution of climate variability and its impacts;

(2) Improving climate services through development and delivery of climate models, applications, and products in support of adaptation strategies;

(3) Improving coastal monitoring and prediction in support of assessing climate impacts in the coastal zone.

A Web site for the workshop information and abstract submission will be linked through:

To submit an abstract, please go to the abstract submission link and fill out the abstract form.  If you have a problem to do so, please send the required information on the web form as an attachment via email to or The abstract deadline is JULY 2, 2010.
Job Announcements
GTM Research Coordinator
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and the University of North Florida invite applications for the position of Research Coordinator.  Located near St. Augustine, Florida, the GTM Research Reserve is one of 27 sites around the U.S. that make up NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Responsibilities include 1) managing the Reserve's Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program, 2) the design and implementation of both applied and basic research at the reserve in concert with local, state, and national partners, 3) supporting internally and externally funded visiting investigators, 4) writing and obtaining research grants, and 5) managing GTM monitoring programs following the standards and timelines set by the National Estuarine Reserve System.  Other duties include supervising research staff, the production of annual work plans and budget estimates, research team training and safety requirements, annual employee evaluations and participation in Reserve manager and staff meetings. 
Location - The Research Coordinator is housed at the GTM NERR near St Augustine and enjoys a position in the Department of Biology at the University of North Florida in nearby Jacksonville, Florida. 
Requirements -  Ph.D. in appropriate field or M.S. in appropriate field with experience.  Salary is $40,071 per annum plus benefits.  The person in the position will be able to augment the base salary by up to 25% with grant funding without additional approval, and beyond that amount with approval. This allows the person holding the position to actively pursue external funding.
You must apply online at and mail a complete application packet consisting of: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. After the online application is completed, please mail the other application materials to:
GTM Research Coordinator Search Committee Chair
Department of Biology
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645

Initial Review of Applications will begin on July 1, 2010, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position Announcement: College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) 
Faculty Research Assistant (Ocean Observing Initiative, OOI) Background
Information: Oregon State University is embarking on a large scale, multi-year project, the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), in a partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).  The first five years of this project will be spent in the design, development, testing, and deployment of a research infrastructure, followed by an operational period of twenty five years. OOI details can be found at 
Position:  The successful candidate for this position will design, construct, test, and document electrical systems, assemblies, and sub-assemblies used to meet science requirements in the OOI. The position will create and present technical reports describing observatory element design solutions. The position requires an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with scientists, engineers, and project managers from across the OOI. 
Appointment: Full-time 12-month (1.0 FTE) fixed term appointment. Annual salary range is $48,000-$55,000, commensurate with qualifications. Duration is one year, but may be extended depending on grant funding and satisfactory job performance. Reappointment is at the discretion of the principal investigators and the Dean. 

Application Closing Date: June 25, 2010 
To Apply:  Applications for employment should consist of a resume, salary requirement, and references (including contact information). To access application instructions, go to, posting 0005719, and for the position announcement, go to  Inquiries about the position may be directed via email to Ed Dever (        
Coming Events 
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
October 12, 2010 NFRA Board Meeting, Washington, D.C.
October 13-14, 2010 IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, Washington, D.C.
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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