The Latest from SECOORA
June 6, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  SECOORA/SAA Meeting | Demo of Model Explorer | New IOOS DMAC Steering Team | National Oceans Month | Listening Sessions | Free NAS Books | RFPs of Interest | Job Announcements | Coming Events



Save the date for a joint SECOORA Board and Governor's South Atlantic Alliance meeting September 7-9 in Savannah, GA. Details and registration information for the Hilton Savannah DeSoto will follow shortly.


SECOORA Demos Model Explorer

During a recent NFRA organized webinar, Vembu Subramanian, RCOOS Manager, demonstrated SECOORA's Model Explorer (developed by Charlton Galvarino).  This webinar was designed to highlight Regional Association (RA) products and allowed time for in-depth exploration of tools including why it was developed, who uses it, what worked well, identification of problems, and next steps.  The Alaska Ocean Observing System also demonstrated a new tool for exploring model data.


Interagency Ocean Observation Committee Data Management and Communications  Steering Team

A newly formed Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) Data Management and Communications (DMAC) Steering Team offers guidance and expert opinions on the development and implementation of the data management component of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).  Keep posted on the activities of this committee via the Web site


IOOS in NOAA News  

Critical New Data to be Added to the Integrated Ocean Observing System in 2011


Other News of Interest

National Oceans Month

President Obama has proclaimed June 2011 as National Oceans Month. On June 2, 2011, The Obama Administration took another important step to implement the Nation's first comprehensive ocean policy by launching a series of events aimed at gathering public input from the communities and economies that depend on and care for our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  Click here to learn more and to get involved in the National Oceans Month public events. 

National Ocean Council Listening Sessions
Experts from the National Ocean Council's 27 Federal agencies and offices have been busy drafting strategic action plans to achieve nine national priority objectives that address some of the most pressing challenges facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  The strategic action plans are available for review.  In the Southeast, the listening session is planned for June 15 from 5pm-9pm at University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  SECOORA member Dr. Pat Welsh will be speaking on SECOORA's behalf.  Please consider attending so that that the Council hears from the IOOS community how we can contribute to many aspects of the Ocean Policy including Policy #9 on ocean observing, infrastructure and mapping. 

All National Academies Press PDF Books Free to Download
Effective June 2nd, PDFs of reports that are currently for sale on the National Academies Press (NAP) Website and PDFs associated with most future reports will be offered free of charge to all Web visitors.  

Recent Request for Proposals (RFPs) of Interest

YSI Grant Opportunity
YSI Foundation seeking proposals for research projects that focus on data collection to assess changes in the environment. Research on quantifying change from artificial disasters (i.e. pollution), natural disasters (i.e. oil spills, flooding), or climate change (i.e. water acidification), and the use of environmental data to demonstrate the changes is preferred. Proposals should focus on analyzing and interpreting high temporal and/or spatial resolution data collected from autonomous platforms to better understand environmental variations, impacts from natural and human-induced disasters, and climate change. Examples of autonomous platforms include, but are not limited to, fixed continuous monitoring stations, data buoys, vertical profilers, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), gliders, etc.  This year the YSI Foundation will award two grants: $25,000 to the first recipient selected by an Outside Selection Committee and $15,000 to the second recipient.  Visit the Web site for more information. 
HAB Funding Announcements Released by CSCOR
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research Competitive Grants announcement has been published for availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2012. Announcements of Opportunity have been published to submit proposals to the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)/Coastal Ocean Program for the Harmful Algal Bloom Programs (i.e., ECOHAB, MERHAB and PCMHAB).  Proposals under the HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM PROGRAMS closes 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time August 24, 2011 (Please note: Required Letters of Intent for the Harmful Algal Blooms Programs are required by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, June 27, 2011).  Visit the Web site for more information. 

Job Announcements

Marine Web Tool Developer/Programmer

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), School of Marine Sciences, Darling Marine Center (Walpole, ME) recently opened a full-time position for a Marine Web Tool Developer/Programmer to support the Education and Public Engagement component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Coming Events 


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


June 14, 2011 The Forum On Earth Observations, Washington, DC


June 15, 2011 National Ocean Council Listening Session, Jacksonville, FL 


June 21, 2011 Public and Stakeholder Session of the National Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop, Washington, DC

July 13-14, 2011 National Business Forum On Marine Spatial Planning, Washington D.C.


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


September 19-22, 2011 OCEANS '11 MTS/IEEE,  Kona, Hawai'i 


October 19-21, 2011 American Shore & Beach Preservation Association conference, New Orleans, LA 


November 7-9, 2011 Using Modeling to Solve Engineering and Environmental Assessment Problems, St. Augustine, Florida


November 14-17, 2011 NFRA/IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, New England


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