The Latest from SECOORA
March 21, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  SECOORA Annual Meeting | Staff Retreat | Marine Debris News | IOOS Updates | Florida Oceans Day | Book Announcement |Job Announcements | Coming Events


Register Now for SECOORA Annual Meeting 

The SECOORA May 2011 Annual Meeting is quickly approaching. For details and registration deadlines, visit our Web site.  Don't miss this chance to learn about SECOORA's coastal and ocean observing platforms, modeling, data access, and educational programs.  You will also have a chance to interact with SECOORA stakeholders, including members of the South Atlantic Alliance and our federal partners.  All are welcome to attend. 


Register online now!


Note:  The Annual Meeting will be held in Jacksonville, FL at the Hilton Garden Inn-Jacksonville Airport, 13503 Ranch Road, Jacksonville, FL  32218.   Everyone is responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  The reservation group code is SEC; and the cutoff date to receive the group rate is April 25, 2011


SECOORA Staff/Contractor Retreat

On March 16-18, 2011 SECOORA staff and contractors had a successful retreat that focused on planning for the Annual Meeting; defining and clarifying the roles of individual staff/contractors; and determining organizational goals and outcomes for the coming year.  This retreat also included a discussion on future changes to the SECOORA web site that include increasing access to state specific information and integrating components of the data and maps section.  The meetings were graciously hosted by USC.  SECOORA would like to thank Dwayne Porter, Jeremy Cothran, and Dan Ramage for use of their facilities. 


The Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative Consortium

SECOORA is one of 12 entities who are currently serving on the newly developed Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI). SEA-MDI will use innovative technologies and unique expertise to add culturally relevant outreach tools and information to the current NOAA Marine Debris Program.  The three-state (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) consortium will strategize regional marine debris efforts while facilitating the prioritization of Federal efforts by putting the region into a national context.  Exciting products are already coming out of this group!  Check out the recently launched Mobile Application, Marine Debris Tracker 


Beach Water Quality Project Update

SECOORA has been working with IOOS, MACOORA, NERACOOS, USGS and others on a Beach Water Quality Project.  This project was presented at EPA's National Beach Conference March 14-17, 2011.   Rob Ragsdale (IOOS), Eric Vowinkel (USGS/MACOORA) and Craig Swanson (NERACOOS/ASA, Inc.) presented a poster and led a discussion at the conference's Predictive Tools Forum.


IOOS is now on Digital Coast

The IOOS Data Catalog has been added to the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast under "Featured Resources."



NOAA Solicits Members for IOOS Advisory Committee

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established and is soliciting applications for membership on the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee (the Committee), a Federal advisory committee. The Committee's primary function is to provide advice to the Under Secretary and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System. NOAA will accept applications for membership on the Committee through May 16, 2011.


The ICOOS Act of 2009 states: "Members shall be qualified by education, training, and experience to evaluate scientific and technical information related to the design, operation, maintenance, or use of the [Integrated Ocean Observing] System, or use of data products provided though the System." NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in oceanographic data, products, and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields to submit applications for Committee membership. For the complete announcement including information on submitting an

application, see:


Please contact Jessica Geubtner with any questions:


Jessica Geubtner

NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Program

1100 Wayne Avenue Suite 1225, Room 1237

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone:  301.427.2453

Fax:    301.427.2073

Tomorrow is Florida Oceans Day!

Florida Oceans Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in Tallahassee, FL.  It will include workshops and panel discussions about "The Contribution of Florida's Coasts and Oceans to our State and National Economies" followed by a legislative reception at Mote Marine Laboratory.  View the full agenda.

Book of Interest

Palgrave Macmillan has recently published a popular book by Bruce Parker, former Chief Scientist of the National Ocean Service in NOAA, entitled: "The Power of the Sea - Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters". It tells the story of our long struggle to understand the physics of the sea so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its power against us (so we can get out of its way and survive).  It interweaves compelling stories of unpredicted marine disasters with fascinating stories of scientific discoveries, beginning with ancient mankind's strange ideas about the sea and working up to our latest technological advances in predicting the sea's moments of destruction.  Besides the three phenomena highlighted in the book's subtitle, the book also includes the history of how we learned to predict the tides, El Nino, and certain aspects of climate change. 

Job Announcements

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), UNC Chapel Hill,

The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS)at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. The primary purpose of this position is to create and facilitate the public presence of IMS by maintaining the web site, writing regular press releases, and making media contacts. This position is also responsible for creating and distributing a lab newsletter as well as developing and implementing education outreach programs for the lab, including but not limited to public/school/group field trips, developing K - 12 curriculum based on research areas, assisting with school/community projects, and representing the lab at festivals and events and in educational professional groups. This position will also be responsible to supervise part-time employees, students, interns, and volunteers. THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN MOREHEAD CITY.  For more information and to apply for this position, please visit our website:  Please reference Position #060175 and Department 5220 when applying. 


Harmful Algal Bloom Observing System (HABSOS) Application Developer

The Florida Institute of Oceanography, through a grant with EPA, is hiring an Applications developer to work on improving the data entry tool and web-based map server for NOAA/EPA's Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System



While it is an FIO position, the person is expected to be physically based at Stennis Space Center at the NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center. The position (#00017880) is currently posted on the USF website.  Applicants must apply on-line through this site.

Coming Events 

March 21-24, 2011 Coastal GeoTools Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


March 22, 2011  Florida Oceans Day, Tallahassee, FL


April 13-14, 2011 Ocean Pollution: From Technology to Management and Policy, Sarasota, FL


April 27-28, 2011 IOOS RA DMAC Workshop,  Silver Spring, MD


May 3-5, 2011 Applying Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning as a Tool to Site Offshore Renewable Energy & other Future Uses Workshop, Narragansett, Rhode Island 


May 16-18, 2011 SECOORA Annual Meeting and DMCC Meeting, Jacksonville, FL


June 8-9, 2011 Northeast Coastal and Ocean Data Partnership Annual Meeting and Metadata Workshop, Rye, NH


July 17-21, 2011 Coastal Zone 2011, Chicago, IL

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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 ([email protected]) for more information.
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