The Latest from SECOORA
October 4, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  Host the 2012 Meeting | SECOORA Build Out Plan | SECOORA Data Management News | News and Workshop Announcements | Job Announcements | Coming Events


Host the 2012 SECOORA Annual 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 Megan Treml if you are interested in hosting the next SECOORA Annual meeting, and helping us make it the best meeting yet.


SECOORA Build Out Plan

During the period of July through September 30, 2011, we undertook the process of developing a Build Out Plan to describe our observing system needs for the next 10 years. This plan will be coordinated with the other 10 Regional Associations to present a comprehensive national picture of the regional needs for observing assets.  These plans provide information necessary to meet the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System Act requirements for an independent cost estimate and annual regional gaps analyses, and support the National Ocean Policy goal "Strengthen and integrate Federal and non-Federal ocean observing systems, sensors, data collection platforms, data management, and mapping capabilities into a national system and integrate that system into international observation efforts." Moreover, the plans will provide the detailed information and rationale to support budget requests and to enumerate the impacts of budget decisions.  This plan is an extension of a document completed by SECOORA in 2010 titled "Changing Ecosystems, Economies, and Climate: Strategic Priorities for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association" which outlines priorities for contributing to the understanding, management, and sustainment of ocean and coastal resources.


We submitted the current draft (Phase 2) of the plan to the IOOS office September 30, and it will be made available via our web site soon.  SECOORA will continue to work on the plan, and there will be further opportunity for input and revision in the future, so keep your eyes out for your chance to provide input on the future of observing in the Southeast. 


SECOORA Data Management News

UNC Chapel Hill recently completed an update to the SECOORA Vocabulary. This vocabulary, now expanded to nearly 200 terms, improves the accessibility and understanding of data and observations of winds, tides, currents, water quality, and chemistry of our coastal waters and oceans. The Vocabulary is based on the IOOS Parameter Vocabulary (130 terms).  However, terms on fish and zooplankton species and abundance were not included in this version.

The SECOORA Vocabulary and the IOOS Parameter Vocabulary are both registered with Marine Metadata Initiative's Ontology Registry and Repository. 

Other News of Interest

National Science Foundation taps Carolina researchers to develop national data infrastructure

The National Science Foundation has funded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to lead a multi-institutional team that will build and deploy a prototype national data management infrastructure that addresses some of the key data challenges facing scientific researchers in the digital age.  Read the whole story.


RESTORE Act Gains Senate Momentum


South Atlantic Alliance Workshops
Clean Coastal and Ocean Waters: Exploring Opportunities in Florida

The goals of these workshops are to learn what resources are available, what efforts or programs are currently underway in Florida that will contribute to implementing the South Atlantic Alliance's plan, and to provide the opportunity to initiate partnerships throughout the state to strengthen our efforts to protect and conserve our coastal and ocean resources.  Learn more!

2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars

There is an ongoing joint effort by several NOAA seminar partners to help share science and climate seminars and information across NOAA and its constituents.  Seminars are held throughout the month and many are available via webinar.  Please visit the Web site to learn more and sign up for updates.


EBM Tools Webinar

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network will host a presentation on Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Use of Decision Support Tools by Nick Napoli and Stephanie Moura of the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership.  This presentation will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 2 pm US EDT/11 am US PDT/6 pm GMT. 

Register for the webinar

Job Announcements

Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) Seeks Executive Director 
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, one of 28 National Estuary Programs, was established as a nonprofit organization in 1994 by the Delaware General Assembly. The Center is seeking a new Executive Director.  View position description.

Coming Events 

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


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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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