The Latest from SECOORA
August 29, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  IOOS Hurricane Irene Resources | SECOORA/SAA Meeting | New York Times Article on Ocean Health | Nominations Sought | Job Announcements | Coming Events


IOOS Partners:  Hurricane Irene Resources

Hurricane Irene impacted the entire East Coast over the past few days.  Check out the links below to see how IOOS partners monitored the storm.  Observing assets were critical throughout the storm.


Visit the SECOORA Web site for SECOORA member resources related to Hurricane Irene.


CARA:  The 4 buoys in San Juan, Ponce, Rincon and US Virgin Islands provided real-time observations that were used by NOAA as Hurricane Irene move through the Caribbean.


MARACOOS:  Hurricane Irene Blog updated throughout the storm.


NERACOOS:  NERACOOS observing assets keep track of the impact and staff updated their Facebook page throughout the storm.


New Color Index (CI) Product for SECOORA Region

Chuanmin Hu and his staff from USF have implemented real-time production of the new MODIS color index (CI) product for SECOORA region.  This work was funded by a SECOORA mini-grant focused on product development.  Check out the products here, especially the recent image during Hurricane Irene (August 27) which shows a lot of eddies along Florida's east coast stimulated by Irene.


SECOORA Buildout Plan  (BOP)

The upcoming SECOORA Board meeting (see below) will be an important opportunity to review the draft Buildout Plan, and provide input on what a regional coastal ocean observing system should include for the next 10 years.  SECOORA staff, with input from our members and stakeholders, have been working diligently to document products and services, define associated infrastructure (buoy, glider, technician, etc.) requirements, and begin to map where assets should go.  Input from the Board and our stakeholders is necessary to ensure the BOP meets our needs for the future.  Please look for materials needing your review as part of the meeting materials that will be emailed later this week.



The joint SECOORA/Governor's South Atlantic Alliance (SAA) meeting September 7-9, 2011 in Savannah, GA is quickly approaching.  The meeting will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  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 York Times Article: An Index for Ocean Health 


National Ocean Council's (NOC) Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) Seeks Nominations

The National Ocean Council's (NOC) Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) is seeking nominations for membership.  The deadline is September 15, 2011.  Full details, including nomination requirements, are provided in the Federal Register Notice.  Anyone (including any organization) may nominate qualified individuals (including one's self) for membership on the panel. This is an important opportunity to engage stakeholders and members of the ocean community in a formal process for advising the NOC.  As an official Federal Advisory Committee, ORAP provides advice to the NOC on policies, procedures, and other responsibilities relevant to implementation of the National Ocean Policy.  Current ORAP members include representatives of the National Academies, ocean industries, State governments, academia, and others, including eminent individuals in the fields of marine science, marine policy, and related areas such as ocean resource management.  Six seats will become vacant in the summer of 2012, and the goal is to balance ORAP membership to the extent possible to capture a range of geographic and sector representation and experience.


NRC Call for Nominations: Stock Rebuilding Plans for the 2006 FCMRA

The Ocean Studies Board of the U.S. National Research Council is soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on its new study committee on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Stock Rebuilding Plans of the 2006 Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.  In particular, they are looking for nominations in the following areas of expertise: fisheries science and management, fish ecology, population biology, modeling, statistics, human dimensions of natural resource use and management, and natural resource economics.  Please contact Debra Hernandez if you would like to nominate someone.

Job Announcements

Operational Modeling Position at CO-OPS (NOAA's National Ocean Service)

A vacancy announcement for a Physical Scientist (Operational Modeling) in the NOAA, National Ocean Service's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services (CO-OPS) has been posted on USA Jobs. 

Job Title: Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-2/3

Promotion Potential: 3

Department: Department Of Commerce

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sub Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Closes:  8/31/2011
For more information go to: 
Vacancy Announcement: NOS-COOPS-2011-0056.

Coming Events 

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 


October 25-26, 2011 2011 SOST Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Principal Investigator Workshop, St. Petersburg, FL


November 2-4, 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 


February 20-24, 2012 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT 


April 30-May 4, 2012 2012 National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Portland, OR

NOTE:  Abstracts Due September 23, 2011


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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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