The Latest from SECOORA
October 17, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  Staff News | Oceans 2012 Conference | Newsletters of Interest | NSF Ocean Acidification (OA) Solicitation | Webinar: Offshore Wind Development and Industry Update | Congressional Briefing | NERR Real Time Data Application Released | Gulf of Mexico News| Job Announcements | Coming Events


Staff News

Below is a note from Susannah regarding her upcoming departure from SECOORA.  Please join me in thanking her for her contributions to SECOORA's development and in wishing her success in her future endeavors.  Her knowledge of the history of SECOORA from the staff perspective will be impossible to replace.

Best wishes Susannah for success, and continued professional growth and challenges as you make this change.


Dear SECOORA Members and Partners,

It is with much regret that I announce my departure from SECOORA effective as of December 31, 2011.  I enjoyed being a part of this organization and the process to transition it from a State program to an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It has truly been my pleasure to work with you over the (almost) 6 years of my involvement. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at SECOORA.  Hope to see you all again in my future adventures!

All my best,
Susannah Sheldon


Oceans2012 Conference - Mark your calendars!   

OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE will be held in Hampton Roads, Virginia from October 14-19, 2012 and the theme will be "Harnessing the Power of the Ocean". Coastal and ocean observing is one of the key themes, and IOOS partners including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) and SECOORA are engaged in the planning process for the conference.  OCEANS 2012 will bring together the technology, people, and ideas that will help to expand the understanding of the earth's largest natural resource.  Visit the conference Web site for more information.  

Other News of Interest

Newsletters of Interest

NSF Ocean Acidification (OA) Solicitation

The need for understanding the potential adverse impacts of a slowly acidifying sea upon marine ecosystems is widely recognized and included as a priority objective in the new National Ocean Policy. The effects of ocean acidification could significantly affect strategies for developing practices towards the sustainability of ocean resources. Basic research concerning the nature, extent and impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past, present and future is required.  Full Proposal Deadline is January 06, 2012.  Read more and see submittal details.    



Webinar: Offshore Wind Development and Industry Update - October 19, 3 pm EDT
This free webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series.  No registration is required. Login information is below.
Audio Access.  Toll-free #: 800-475-8413, Participant passcode: 4465636
Web Access.  If you have trouble with the link, try going to this website and enter the information separately.  Conference number: PW3069569, Participant passcode: 4465636.


Congressional Briefing on New Science and Online Management Tool To Help Guide Action on Excessive Nutrients in Rivers and Estuaries

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Northeast-Midwest (NE-MW) Institute invite you to a briefing on new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science and an online, interactive decision support system for informing nutrient management decisions. It will be held Friday, October 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.  View more details on the briefing.


NERR Real Time Data Application Released

The Real Time Data Application will enable you to quickly and easily view near real time data, graphic displays of the data, and 24-hour dual-parameter charts. In addition, you can bookmark your favorite stations and visit them directly. The station page will update automatically with new information from each data transmission and can be left open for display purposes. Please check it out at Simply click on the Get Data link or the View/Download Data map.


Gulf of Mexico News


Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy / Agenda outlines blueprint for reversing decline of Gulf Coast ecosystem

Job Announcements

MARACOOS Position Announcements

MARACOOS, the mid-Atlantic IOOS partner, has positions available for Post Doctoral Opportunity, Stakeholder Liaison, and Web developer.  View the Web site for more information. 


Sea Level Rise Outreach and Training Coordinator

Florida Sea Grant is searching for a full-time Sea Level Rise Outreach and Training Coordinator. We are looking for a highly motivated person to lead a program focused on effects of sea level rise on coastal natural resources.  Prospective applicant can visit and use Requisition No. 0809463.

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 24-28, 2011 NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


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


October 14-19, 2012 OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE, Hampton Roads, Virginia


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