The Latest from SECOORA
October 31, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

In this issue:  SECOORA Job Opportunity | EARTH Workshop Announcement | BioHab GIS Updated | Reports of Interest | PacX Challenge | SC Spatial Database | SAFMC Call for Advisory Panel Members | NSF Opportunity | NERRS Awards | Job Announcements | Coming Events


SECOORA Job Opportunity

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), a regional non-profit organization based in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks a professional to provide business management services. The Business Manager is responsible organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. She/he will work with the Executive Director to coordinate with the accounting firm on financial matters,  manage grants and contracts, and support staff with travel reimbursements, benefits, etc.  View the announcement for details.


EARTH 2012

EARTH 2012 Hosted by MBARI and SECOORA

July 8-July 13 at University of North Carolina, Wilmington
We are currently soliciting applications for the 2012 EARTH workshop to be held at UNCW. The focus of the 2012 workshop will be on ocean observatories and South East Coastal Research. If you have an interest and would like to be contacted about the 2012 workshop, please send an email to George Matsumoto. A requirement of the application process is to trial an EARTH activity, complete the rubric, and mail the rubric to George. Ten of the twenty participants will be from SECOORA states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia); if you are from one of these states, please send your application to Lisa Adams - you can contact Lisa if you have any questions. Applications are due by March 21, 2012 and selections will be made by early April.  Learn more about EARTH


BioHab GIS Updated 

BioHAB GIS, created and maintained by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute and partially funded by SECOORA, has been updated to a new technology, using Adobe flash builder 4.5 with ESRI FLEX viewer 2.4.  BioHab allows you to view multiple complex data sets and real-time observations. Data types include coral reefs, essential fish habitats, real time and near real time datasets, bathymetry, and other habitats.  Check it out 

Other News of Interest

Reports of Interest

IOOS / MPA Report:  Building and Strengthening Linkages between the National System of Marine Protected Areas and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

The overall recommendations of this report focused around three main areas: identifying key end user products; key environmental parameters and processes; and expanding partnerships.  Recommendations highlight the importance of using MPAs as platforms for ocean monitoring both inside and outside MPA boundaries. In addition, scientific and technical experts consulted in the process recommended the use of MPAs to monitor impacts of climate change.  Read the report


Restore America's Estuaries: Jobs and Dollars - Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration


PacX Challenge

"Liquid Robotics invites scientists to embark on a grand challenge journey with us as we cross the Pacific on a voyage of scientific discovery. These Wave Gliders are much like small 'spacecraft' that open up new opportunities for robotic exploration. I challenge all scientists who are interested in advancing ocean exploration to take advantage of this unique opportunity. What scientific questions can we address with this new and unique data set?"
- Ed Lu, chief of innovative applications at Liquid Robotics.


As part of the PacX pacific crossing, Liquid Robotics is pleased to announce the PacX Challenge open to scientists around the world. Those who wish to compete for the PacX Challenge prize are required to submit a one-page research abstract outlining their scientific intentions for the data collected during the Pacific crossing.  Learn more about the Challenge and the prizes!


Comprehensive Spatial Database on SC's Coastal Resources and Uses
South Carolina DNR's Marine Resources Research Institute recently developed a comprehensive spatial database on South Carolina's Coastal Resources and Activities through funding from the South Carolina Energy Office. View the report and the data.


SAFMC Soliciting Advisory Panel Applicants

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applicants for seats currently available on its advisory panels.  Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of fishery management plans. Applications are due to the Council office by November 18, 2011.  See news release for details.


NSF Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories
Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.  Full Proposal Deadline is January 17, 2012.  Read more and see submittal details.    


NERRS Science Collaborative Awards $6.1 Million 

The NERRS Science Collaborative has awarded $6.1million to fund collaborative projects that address a coastal management problem identified as a priority for a NERRS Reserve and a community that it serves.  Rookery Bay and Guana Tolomato Mantanzas NERRS received funding.  View all projects funded in 2011.

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. 



Coming Events 


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 15-17, 2011 NFRA/IOOS Regional Coordination Workshop, Portland, ME


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 


March 5-8, 2012 9th ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop, Victoria, British Columbia


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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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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