The Latest from SECOORA
September 13, 2010 
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  Proposal Updates | Fall Meeting | Renewable Ocean Energy Conference | NOAA Climate Report | USGS Information and Congressional Briefing | Upcoming Events: MACOORA Meeting and Coastal Zone 2011 | Job Announcements

Proposal Development
SECOORA's draft proposal which includes a 5-year plan to support monitoring, prediction and assessment in the SE has been reviewed by the PIs involved in the process, and sent to the Expert Panel and all SECOORA Committee Chairs. 
Comments are due back to SECOORA by September 17, 2010, and the final draft of the proposal will be delivered to the SECOORA Board for their review and approval during a September 24th conference call.  The proposal will be submitted via September 27, 2010.
Fall Meeting
SECOORA's Fall Meeting will be held September 29-30, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District.  View the agenda and register now. Note that members and stakeholders are welcome!
  • Chairs are reminded to forward any committee reports to Susannah Sheldon by Wednesday, September 15. 
  • SECOORA is in the considering restructuring our committees and will host a discussion regarding this at the Board Meeting.  If you have any ideas or opinions about what is working and what is not, please send them to Megan Treml by September 20.
Register Today! Renewable Ocean Energy Conference, Nov. 3-5, 2010
Renewable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment: Responsible Stewardship for a Sustainable Future
Don't miss this important opportunity to interact with researchers, developers, policy makers and scientists to discuss and identify gaps in the current state of knowledge regarding the environmental impacts of renewable ocean energy. SECOORA is a major sponsor this conference.  We are helping to coordinate the "Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning" Plenary session and also a "Managing Information to Support Decision Making" track. 
Plenary Sessions:
Regulatory and Policy Concerns
New Environmental Technologies
Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
Standards and Protocols for Environmental Assessment

Concurrent Sessions:
Blue Water: Physical Oceanography and the Pelagic Environment
Stakeholders: Societal, Economic and Policy Issues
Boundaries: Benthic and Coastal Environments
Data: Managing Information to Support Decision Making
Visit the conference Web site for the program at a glance, registration, and accommodations information. 

SECOORA will also be hosting a workshop titled "Data and Information for Offshore Energy Development in the Southeast: How Ocean Observing Can Help to Fill the Gaps" November 2, 2010, prior to the conference.  For more information, contact Megan Treml
Other News and Event Announcements
NOAA Climate Change Document
NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed "Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers" to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. View more information and download the document here.
New USGS Information and Congressional Briefing on Nutrients in the Nation's Streams and Groundwater
Access new USGS information on Thursday, September 23 at: 

Attend a Congressional Briefing (free and open to the public) on Friday, September 24 in Washington D.C.  More information on the briefing is available 
MACOORA's Fifth annual meeting and exhibition
From Observation to Forecast: Tools for Understanding a Changing World
Oct 28-29, 2010 at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ
What do Google Earth and the Mid-Atlantic Region Council on the Ocean have in common? They are both topics of discussion in our round-table portion of this year's annual meeting, From Observation to Forecast.  Join your colleagues from industry, local government, federal agencies, the Coast Guard, universities, and not-for-profit organizations. There will be networking, conversation, plenaries and panel discussions. View details and register for the meeting on the
MACOORA Web site.
Coastal Zone 11 Conference
The Coastal Zone 11 Conference will be held July 17-21, 2011 in Chicago.  Note that one of the major themes this year is Observing, Modeling and Monitoring
The deadline for abstracts is October 8, 2010.  Visit the Web site for more information.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
This program introduces basic wetland ecology, as well as wetland functions and values, through fun and interactive k-12 activities in lesson plan format.
Saturday, November 6th, 2010 9 am-4 pm at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium.  For more information, contact Debbie Johnson at Environmental Concern
(410-745-9620) or Dodie Sanders at UGA MAREX (912-598-2340)
Job Announcements
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Job Openings
SAFMC has job openings for a Fishery Biologist and Fisheries Social Scientist.
NOAA Seeks OAR Assistant Administrator
NOAA is looking for a strong, innovative and collaborative leader to serve as the Assistant Administrator (AA) of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). The OAR AA promotes preeminent research that strengthens NOAA's science and services and its value to the public.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a unique combination of strong scientific credentials, strategic vision and skillful leadership in scientific programs.  The full position description and application information are available on the USA Jobs website.  The OAR AA position is open on USA Jobs under announcement number NOAA#10-06.NJH through October 18.  Please direct questions about this job to Norma Hughes (, 301-713-6307).
Coming Events 
September 19, 2010 GEOSS Workshop XXXVIII - Evolution of Ocean Observing Systems, Seattle, Washington
September 20-23, 2010  OCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE, Seattle, Washington
September 27-October 1, 2010 Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, Annapolis, Maryland
September 29-30, 2010 SECOORA Board Meeting, Tampa, FL
October 1-2, 2010 South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) Annual Conference, Charleston, SC
October 22-24, 2010 Georgia Association of Marine Educators (GAME) Annual Fall Conference, Skidaway Island, GA
October 29-30, 2010 MACOORA's Fifth Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Hoboken, NJ
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.  
November 15, 2010 NFRA Board Meeting, Washington, D.C. 
November 16-17, 2010 IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, Washington, D.C.
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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