The Latest from SECOORA
August 15, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  Executive Director Visits Rutgers | SECOORA/SAA Meeting | New GLOS Web Site | NOAA State of the Coast Web Site | MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference Updates | Visions 2011 Expedition | World Monitoring Day | Job Announcements | Coming Events


SECOORA Executive Director Visits Rutgers to meet with Dr. Sullivan

Rutgers University hosted Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Zdenka Willis, Director of the NOAA Program Office for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, representatives of the 3 east coast regional associations, and many other ocean observing partners.  Dr. Sullivan participated in an awards ceremony for the students, faculty and partners in the success of Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission, the documentary on the Scarlet Knight glider journey across the Atlantic Ocean.  Debra Hernandez participated on SECOORA's behalf along with Ru Morrison from NERACOOS, and Scott Glen, Carolyn Thoroughgood, Gerhard Kuska and Josh Kohut from MARACOOS.  It was a great opportunity to brief Dr. Sullivan on the ongoing work of the regional associations and hear her perspectives on the opportunities and challenges currently facing NOAA and its partners.  View photos from the visit and check out the presentations online.  Please contact Debra Hernandez at if you would like more information.


Please join us for the joint SECOORA/Governor's South Atlantic Alliance (SAA) meeting September 7-9, 2011 in Savannah, GA.  The meeting will be 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 has been extended until August 16, 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. Please complete the registration form so we can manage attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact Susannah Sheldon at or 843.696.6837.  Agendas are available online.

Other News of Interest

New GLOS Website Offers Data Users Improved Access to Great Lakes Data, Tools and Information
The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), working to coordinate and enhance the network of observations and data access in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system, announces the launch of its new website - Developed for Great Lakes data users, the new website provides improved access to Great Lakes data, products and tools and the latest GLOS projects.


NOAA's State of the Coast Web Site

This Web site offers quick facts and more detailed statistics through interactive maps that provide highlights of what we know about coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, the coastal economy, and how a changing climate might impact the coast.  One of the current highlights is The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance which provides highlights of what we know about the Gulf region's coastal communities, coastal economy, and coastal ecosystems, and how climate change might impact the Gulf coast


News Release

WHOI Study Reports Microbes Consumed Oil in Gulf Slick at Unexpected Rates


MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference Updates

At the Ocean '11 MTS/IEEE conference in Kona, Hawaii September 19-22, 2011, IOOS will host two town halls: Partnerships to Integrate Ocean Observations to Address Customer Needs and Emerging Ocean Observing Technologies Forum.  Both sessions will be designed to include significant question and answer discussions. Carl Gouldman from the US IOOS office is coordinating panel participation and preparation.  Please email him with questions or comments.


OCEANS '12 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads will be held October 15-19, 2012.  The Web site with important dates was just released.  Please visit for more information.


VISIONS '11 Expedition

The VISIONS '11 Expedition website is live.  The expedition will take place aboard the 274-foot R/V Thomas G. Thompson from August 11 - September 1, 2011 and will include the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ROPOS. The primary purpose of the  expedition is to continue to prepare for, survey, and assess the on-going installation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative's (OOI) Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) high-power and high-bandwidth cabled ocean observatory.  Visit the site to follow along!


National Estuarine Research Reserves Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Students

The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) and the Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) have announced a relatively new scholarship program that is available again for undergraduate students.  The Lois Yoder-Swaim Memorial Scholarship will provide its second year of funding for deserving students who agree to conduct a project in cooperation with the staff of a National Estuarine Research Reserve staff.  Learn more.


World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.  Check the site to see what is happening in your area.

Job Announcements

Coordinator of Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC)

The Coordinator is responsible for working with members to develop and promote the overall mission and strategies of the GOMURC and to oversee day-to-day operations, including personnel and budget management. Working closely with the Chair of the GOMURC, the Coordinator will independently ensure that the goals and objectives of the GOMURC are accomplished through overseeing assigned duties and resources. In addition, the primary responsibilities of the Coordinator include, but are not limited to Planning, Advocacy, Coordination, Accountability, and Communication.  View the details and apply.  


Research Associate / Post-Doctoral Research Associate 

Applications are being accepted to fill a postdoctoral research associate position to work in the Coastal Processes and Sediment Dynamics Laboratory of Prof. George Voulgaris at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences. This project involves the study of ocean surface circulation over the shelf using HF Radars and in-situ measurements. The candidate is expected to work in a diverse environment, conduct research in the area of physical oceanography and sediment transport and be able to write technical reports and research manuscripts for peer review journals. The duties include the installation and use of HF radars and other instrumentation used in ocean observing systems as part of the IOOS program. The applicant should have a MS plus 2 years of experience or a PhD degree in ocean engineering, oceanography or other related science or engineering discipline. Research experiences in HF ocean radars, acoustics instrumentation for ocean measurements, and data analysis and numerical modeling is highly desirable. This is a full time position, therefore the successful candidate must work a minimum of 40 hours per week with the ability of short term traveling. This position will require a very highly motivated and committed researcher. Application should consist of a curriculum vitae, brief summary of research experience, and the names and email addresses of two referees. Please send applications by email to The position is available for one year and can be extended upon satisfactory progress of the work and funding availability. For further information please contact: Prof. George Voulgaris, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of South Carolina, Tel: 803 771-4672,

Coming Events 

August 18, 2011 LiDAR and Height Modernization Workshop, Silver Spring, MD


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 2-5, 2011 Teledyne RD Instruments ADCPs in Action Users™ Conference, San Diego, CA


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 6-10, 2011 Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation 2011, Daytona Beach, FL

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


January 22-26 2012 American Meteorological Society 92nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA 


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