The Latest from SECOORA
October 18, 2010 
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  SAA Solicitation of Detailed Letters of Intent| IOOS Certification Information | Register Now for Energy Conference | SECOORA Mini Proposals and Concept of Operations Planning | Other News and Events

South Atlantic Alliance NOAA FFO Solicitation on Web
The Governors South Atlantic Alliance has just posted a solicitation for Letters of Intent related to the recently released NOAA Federal Funding Opportunity for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning and Regional Ocean Council activities.  The information is available at the Alliance web site.  SECOORA will be submitting a LOI in response to this solicitation.  Please contact Debra Hernandez immediately if you are interested in collaborating on a response.  The deadline for submittals to the SAA is November 8, 2010.
Federal Register Notice re: IOOS Certification of Non-Federal Assets Published for Public Comment
Please be advised that a Federal Register Notice inviting public comments on the subject of IOOS Certification of Non-Federal Assets was published on Friday, October 15th. The comment period will run for thirty days and you are invited to review the Notice and provide comments by November 15th.

This Notice was published as a part of a larger effort to gather input on certification standards, or criteria, for the integration of non-federal assets into IOOS as required by the Integrated Coastal an Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009. For further information about this notice, please contact either the Integrated Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) Support Office at 202-787-1622, or by email at; or the Integrated Ocean Observation System (IOOS) Program Office at 301-427-2422.

Register now: Renewable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment
SECOORA is a major sponsor of the Renewable Ocean Energy & the Marine Environment: Responsible Stewardship for a Sustainable Future conference hosted by Florida Atlantic University.  The conference will be held November 3-5, 2010 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  For more information, visit the conference web site.

Registration for this conference ends October 22, 2010.  Register Today!
For SECOORA Members

Reminder about SECOORA Solicitation of Mini Proposals

SECOORA has funds available to support Education and Outreach and Product Development efforts in the organization.  Proposals in support of these efforts are due to Susannah Sheldon by 5:00 p.m. November 2, 2010.  NOTE:  Only current SECOORA members will be considered for funding. 


Concept of Operations Plan

SECOORA will be undertaking the development of a Concept of Operations Plan in the coming months.  We are compiling historical documents that might be of use for review by the Board and have placed a number of documents on our Web site under Frequently Accessed Documents.  If you have additions, please email Megan Treml. 

Other News and Events
NFRA Board Visits in DC

On October 6-7, 2010 members of the NFRA Board including Molly McCammon (AOOS), Steve Ramp (CeNCOOS), Debra Hernandez (SECOORA) and Josie Quintrell (NFRA) traveled to Washington DC for a series of extremely productive and interesting meetings.  The meetings included the NOAA Climate Program Office, the NOS Acting Assistant Administrator, USGS, Senate Commerce Committee Staff, National Ocean Council staff members, EPA and OMB.  During this time frame there was also an IOOS Advocacy Meeting  and an IOOS Office Certification Call. Some high level outcomes from these meetings include:

  • There is a clear need to link IOOS with the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning efforts via Regional Ocean Governance alliances.
  • IOOS should develop a one-page highlighting its role in Deepwater Oil Spill
  • NFRA needs to develop a cross-walk for how IOOS products link to National Ocean Policy Priorities

Please contact Josie Quintrell for more information.


Listen and Watch -  California's Ocean Podcast by OOS!
In this collaboration by CeNCOOS, SCCOOS and COSEE NOW, you can travel the California coast to learn about how several very different people use the state's ocean observing systems. Watch the video or hear the podcast on your computer or mobile device.

Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Progress Report
A new interagency report outlines recommendations to President Obama for how Federal Agency policies and programs can better prepare the United States to respond to the impacts of climate change.  The report, produced by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, recommends that the Federal Government implement actions to expand and strengthen the Nation's capacity to better understand, prepare for, and respond to climate change.  The recommendations include making adaptation a standard part of agency planning and ensuring scientific information about the impacts of climate change is easily accessible.  View the report.

Teacher at Sea Program
ARE YOU AN EDUCATOR INTERESTED IN DOING RESEARCH ON A SHIP?  If so, we encourage you to explore the opportunities offered by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program, now accepting applications until November 30, 2010.

New Oil Spill e-Newsletter
The Subsurface Monitor is a newsletter of the subsurface oil monitoring program, an ongoing scientific collaboration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Scientists from academic institutions, government agencies including NOAA, EPA, and USGS, and BP and other entities are working closely together to make certain that all oil that can be cleaned up is found and responded to in the proper manner.  Visit the Subsurface Oil Monitoring Overview or sign up for the newsletter.

Job Announcements
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council seeks a Fishery Biologist, Fisheries Social Scientist, and Assistant Public Information Officer positions. 

Coming Events 
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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