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

In this issue:  Successful SECOORA/SAA Meeting | TCS Call for Papers | NASA Award | Senate Oceans Caucus | Gulf of Mexico Funding Announcements | GA Wind Report | Coastal Jobs Reports| Nutrient DSS from USGS | Call for Papers | Job Announcements | Coming Events


Successful SECOORA/South Atlantic Alliance Meeting

The SECOORA/South Atlantic Alliance (SAA) September Joint Meeting was a success on all accounts. Wednesday afternoon began with a SECOORA meeting focused on  Board review and input on progress to date on SECOORA's 10 year build out plan.


Oyster Roast
Meeting Participants
Network Over Oysters.

That evening, SECOORA and SAA attendees had a chance to network and socialize at a wonderful oyster roast and Lowcountry Boil held at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The weather could not have been more perfect, minus the bugs! We would like to send out sincere thanks to Jim Nelson and the rest of the folks at Skidaway for hosting the event.


The joint session SECOORA/SAA produced valuable information for both organization's planning processes, and highlighted for SECOORA members some of the areas where we can contribute to SAA priorities.


Finally, we made progress on coordinating our build out plan efforts for the west coast of Florida with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). SECOORA staff will continue to work with GCOOS to ensure that the plans sent to NOAA are in sync with each other for the overlapping areas.  


Materials from the meeting are available online.


Host the 2012 SECOORA Members Meeting 

We are looking for a host for the SECOORA Annual Meeting, normally held in early May.  Based on the feedback we have received from members, we are hoping to shift from a hotel setting for our Annual Meeting to a facility at one of our member institutions.  This will provide a great opportunity for the host to showcase projects and capabilities at their home institution.  Please contact Susannah Sheldon if you are interested in hosting the next SECOORA Annual meeting, and helping us make it the best meeting yet. 


The Coastal Society Call for Abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference will be held June 3-June 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  We would like to take this opportunity to highlight to this audience how coastal and Ocean observations fit well within the focus areas of the conference:

  • Provide information, knowledge, actions and activities relevant to solving contemporary coastal problems;
  • Integrate science, management, policy and decision-making; and
  • Present questions, ideas or case studies that encourage dialogue and the sharing of solutions.

Please contact Debra Hernandez if you would like to be part of a session focused on observing in this conference.  Note that 250 word abstracts are due October 24, 2011.  For more information on the conference, please visit the Web site



Congratulations to SECOORA Member Dr. Nick Shay who recieved a NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Genesis & Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Team for outstanding achievements during the GRIP airborne Earth Science Missions last year during hurricanes Earl and Karl.

Other News of Interest

Newly Formed Senate Oceans Caucus
With our oceans and coastal ecosystems, and the economies and jobs they support, facing constant and increasingly grave threats from a variety of sources, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators met Tuesday, September 13 to form a new Senate Oceans Caucus. The Caucus will work to increase awareness and find common ground in responding to issues facing the oceans, which support millions of jobs in America and contributes more to the country's GDP than the entire farm sector, grossing more than $230 billion in 2004.
The Ocean Caucus will start with a total of 18 members. The members are Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Mark Begich (D-AK), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

SECOORA is excited to have Senator Lindsey Graham representing the needs of the Southeast region on this Caucus and plan to work with he and his staff to advance coastal and ocean interests and issues for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Funds Eight Teams

$112.5 Million Awarded to Research Consortia Studying Effects of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico 


Georgia Offshore Wind Energy Report 

The Georgia Coastal Research Council (GCRC) has completed Offshore Wind Energy: Considerations for Georgia, a report produced through the Coastal Zone Management Program, Georgia's Dept. of Natural Resources-Coastal Resources Division. 


Restore America's Estuaries Releases Landmark Coastal Jobs Report

The report, "Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration," lays out a powerful case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries, drawing on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects and setting out its findings in restoration case studies. 

Online Decision Support System that Informs Nutrient Management Decisions  
USGS stream nutrient models for the southeast region have been incorporated into an interactive, online decision support system (DSS) so that water managers, researchers, and the general public can map predictions of 2002 nutrient water quality conditions in streams, track transport to downstream receiving waters, evaluate contributions of nutrients from different sources in watersheds, and evaluate nutrient-reduction scenarios. Access the new USGS nutrient decision support system.  


Call for Papers for Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV Conference

View the call for papers for remote sensing and monitoring at the SPIE international Conference in Baltimore MD April 2012. Abstracts are due October 10, 2012.

Job Announcements

Horizon Marine Seeks Oceanographers

Horizon Marine, Inc., a leader in commercial oceanography providing services of real-time ocean current monitoring and forecasting for the offshore industry, is hiring a Physical Oceanographer - Eddy Watch/Route Watch Analyst and Route Watch Operations Analyst


Florida Gulf Coast University Positions

Florida Gulf Coast University is seeking a Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science, a STEM Center Director, Associate/Full Professor, and a faculty member in Sea Grass science

Coming Events 

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 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 23 - 27, 2012 SPIE Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV, Baltimore, MD


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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