The Latest from SECOORA
July 18, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  Board Officers Elected | IOOS at CZ | SC Renewable Energy | SECOORA/SAA Meeting | News from SECOORA PIs | EPA Receives Gulf Guardian Award | New NOAA Website| RFPs of Interest | Job Announcements | Coming Events


Board Officers Elected

SECOORA's Board elected officers at a July 14th teleconference.  Congratulations to both new and returning Executive Committee members!
Chair:  Dick Dodge, Nova Southeastern University 

Vice Chair: Mitch Roffer, ROFFS(TM)
Secretary: Lynn Leonard, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Treasurer: Conrad Lautenbacher, CSC



Dave Easter (NOAA IOOS Program) and Susannah Sheldon (SECOORA) are co-moderating a session focusing on IOOS and Coastal Marine Spatial Planning at the Coastal Zone 2011 conference in Chicago, IL.  The Cafe, entitled "CMSP, IOOS, and Data: They Don't Have to be Four Letter Words", runs from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in Regency C at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The session will highlight what IOOS can bring to CMSP, how the RAs are currently involved with CMSP efforts in their regions, and the most effective ways that the U.S. IOOS and RAs can partner with CMSP activities.


SECOORA Exhibitor at 2011 SC Renewable Energy Forum

SECOORA will be an exhibitor and staff will be present at the 2011 SC Renewable Energy Forum.  This event, held Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Columbia, SC will be focused on renewable energy development in South Carolina and the potential economic impact from the growth of a strong green energy industry.


Please join us for the joint SECOORA/Governor's South Atlantic Alliance (SAA) meeting September 7-9, 2011 in Savannah, GA.  The meeting is being held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  Room registration for the meeting is now open!  The reservation group code is SCO and the cutoff date to make reservations under this group to receive the group rate is August 8, 2011. Attendees can make reservations by calling the hotel at 912-232-9000 or 1-877-280-0751, or by visiting and entering the Group/Convention Code: SCO. 


Afternoon of Sept. 7 - Separate SECOORA Board and SAA meetings


Evening of Sept. 7 - Joint Oyster Roast and Lowcountry Boil at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography


Morning of Sept. 8 - Joint SECOORA and SAA meeting and Lunch


Afternoon of Sept. 8 - SECOORA/GCOOS Session: Coordinating Plans for the West Florida Shelf


Morning of Sept. 9 - Closed Session: Writing the SECOORA Buildout Plan


Please complete the registration form so we can manage attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact Susannah Sheldon at or 843.696.6837.  A full agenda will be available shortly.


News from SECOORA Principal Investigators
Alex Soloviev from Nova Southeastern University recently presented at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Conference held June 28 - July 7 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. The focus of the presentation was "Southward Flow Under the Florida Current and Coastal Countercurrent in the Straits of Florida ." This research helps to explain the seasonal pattern of the coastal circulation on the Southeast Florida shelf and can be used to support search and rescue operations and coastal management applications. Soloviev is also going to attend the 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium to be held in Vancouver July 24-29 and will again highlight work SECOORA is helping to support. Please contact Alex
Soloviev ( with any questions you have related to his work.


Lisa Adams from Kennesaw State University was published in the Summer 2011 edition of Science Scope.  Read her article titled "Engaging Middle School Students With Technology: Using Real-Time Data to Test Predictions in Aquatic Ecosystems."

Other News of Interest

GCOOS-RA Receives EPA Gulf Guardian Award
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) will receive a 2011 Gulf Guardian Award in the Partnership category from the Gulf of Mexico Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their work on the integration of and regional enhancements to the GCOOS. A major achievement of the GCOOS-RA has been the development of the GCOOS Data Portal that integrates ocean and coastal data sets from many different data providers. Initially, twelve institutions were involved in the portal development, including researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Miami who developed the portal architecture and researchers and information-technology staffs of ten non-federal data providers who provided their near real-time oceanographic data from around the Gulf of Mexico. The challenge for the portal development was to interface the diverse data and products via an automated system and through web-based interfaces for users. The ten initial data providers are the Central Gulf of Mexico Ocean Observing System (University of Southern Mississippi); Coastal Ocean Monitoring & Prediction System (University of South Florida); Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Mobile Bay Environmental Monitoring (Alabama); Earth Scan Laboratory (Louisiana State University); Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium Environmental Monitoring; Mote Marine Laboratory; Texas Automated Buoy System (Texas General Land Office; operated by Texas A&M University); Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi); Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (University of South Florida); and Wave-Current-Surge Information System for Coastal Louisiana (Louisiana State University). Read the EPA press release.


Coastal County Snapshots from NOAA Coastal Services Center

The NOAA Coastal Services Center has recently developed a website titled Coastal County Snapshots with information from each coastal county on the economy, employment and wages.  The Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

RFPs of Interest

NOAA Climate Program Announces FY'12 Funding Opportunity
On July 6th, NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) published its FY'12 federal funding opportunity announcement. Individual programs within CPO are now accepting letters of intent. In FY'12, CPO will accept individual applications for 12 Competitions, organized around CPO's four major programs: Climate Observations and Monitoring; Earth System Science; Modeling Analysis, Predictions, and Projections; and Climate and Societal Interactions.


Letters of intent are due on July 26, 2011. Full applications for all Competitions (except for the International Research and Applications Project) must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 3rd. Full applications for the International Research and Applications Project must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 2nd. The full announcement is available on the CPO Funding Opportunities page and on the Grants.Gov website.

Job Announcements

Climate Outreach and Communications Specialist 

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) is seeking an outreach and communications specialist to assist in efforts to improve regional capacity to cope with climate variability and change.  For further information on position and the application process go to and search for Research Associate. 


Gulf Research Initiative Grants Administrator

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced the search for a Project Administration Manager, Gulf Research Initiative (GRI). This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. The position will report to the Vice President and Director, Research and Education Programs. Visit the Web site for more information.

Coming Events 


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


July 27, 2011 SC Renewable Energy Forum, Columbia, SC


August 8th -12th, 2011 Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists  (CSIG'11), San Diego, CA


September 7-9, 2011 Joint SECOORA/SAA Meeting , Savannah, GA


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


September 24, 2011 National Estuaries Day


October 18-21, 2011 Ocean Innovation 2011, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada 


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


November 4-7, 2011 NRDA for the Gulf: Improving Our Ability to Quantify Chronic Damages, Baltimore, MD

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

Ocean Innovation 2011


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