The Latest from SECOORA
November 21, 2011
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association


Dear friends of SECOORA,


It's the perfect time of year to send our sincere thanks for your involvement and interest in the continued success of SECOORA.  We look forward to your continuing collaboration and championship.


Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Meeting Updates

These past two weeks were busy for SECOORA!


Debra Hernandez attended a National Ocean Policy Panel at a meeting of Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) Nov. 9, 2011, in Atlanta.  The principles of this regional organization include high ranking regional federal agency representatives, including Department of Defense, as well as state natural resource agency directors from southeast states from Alabama to North Carolina. 

Jen Dorton represented SECOORA at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory Panel meeting in Charleston, SC Nov 15-16, 2011.  Jen presented to the council and highlighted SECOORA's strengths in data collection, data management and product development and noted that we are working with SAFMC and other SECOORA partners to develop fisheries related products. 

Debra Hernandez, Vembu Subramanian, Megan Treml, Dick Dodge and Harvey Seim participated in the NFRA Annual Meeting and IOOS Fall Workshop Nov 15-17 in Portland, ME.  The focus of the workshop was on the build out plan synthesis.  It was a productive three days and the primary action for SECOORA will be reviewing and potentially updating the numbers in our Build Out Plan based on the rationale and input from the other RAs.



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

Other News of Interest

COSEE-SE Launches New Website

COSEE SE launched a new webpage format under our previous COSEE SE address (  Check it out!


New regional climate science collaborations announced in Alaska, California/Nevada, and the Carolinas

NOAA announced three new Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) awards, totaling $11 million over five years, to climate science collaborations in Alaska, California/Nevada, and the Carolinas. 


Ocean Acidification Request for Proposals

NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is soliciting proposals for research under its Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program theme focused on the impacts of ocean acidification on key fish and shellfish species and their supporting ecosystems in US coastal and estuarine waters. CSCOR is accepting proposals which are focused on the development of modeling and prediction tools to determine population-, community-, and ecosystem-level effects of increasing ocean acidification in marine and estuarine systems.  View the announcement.


Dr. Larry Robinson, assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management, to leave NOAA

Dr. Larry Robinson, NOAA's assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management, and deputy administrator, announced that he plans to step down effective November 18, returning to academia to resume his work in academic administration and train the next generation of environmental scientists and leaders.  View the NOAA news story


New Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Now Available 

For the first time in 25 years, a new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is now available ( Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Published on-line by NOAA's National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), a division of the National Oceanographic Data Center, this initial release of the pilot version of the atlas has 95 map plates in 31 different subject areas with more planned in 2012.


Job Announcements

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative 

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has a number of job opportunities, including the following advertised on the Web site

  • Postdoctoral Investigator - Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, WHOI
  • Postdoctoral Position - Observational Physical Oceanography, Florida State University
  • Research Associate Position at the University of West Florida, Pensacola Campus
  • Postdoctoral Researchers and a Graduate Student - Hydrocarbon Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology, University of Georgia 

Coming Events 

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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