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February 15, 2012
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
Staff Attend Regional Meetings | Annual Meeting Registration | PI Spotlight | Other News of Interest | Job Announcements | Coming Events


SECOORA Staff Attend Regional Meetings

Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director, attended the SC Sea Grant Consortium Program Advisory Board meeting on January 31 in Charleston.  She also presented to NOAA SECART (Southeast and Caribbean Region Team) during a February 1 meeting in Charleston.  Vembu Subramanian attended the NERR Technician Training Workshop from February 6-10, 2012.  These meetings are part of SECOORA's outreach efforts, to better understand the needs of other coastal and ocean groups in the Region. 


Upcoming NFRA/IOOS Annual Spring Meeting
The NFRA/IOOS Annual Spring meeting will be held February 28-March 1, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The meeting will include Regional Association (RA) reviews, a report from the IOOS Office on major accomplishments and issues, build out plan updates, and discussion of the goals for the coming year.  Debra Hernandez, Dick Dodge and Megan Lee will be in attendance representing SECOORA.


Register today!

SECOORA's Annual Meetings will be held May 7-9, 2012 at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).  The planning is well underway and includes panel discussions, a SECOORA Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) principal investigator (PI) meeting, a field trip, and an evening social.

  • Meeting Registration is now open! Register today.
  • A block of rooms is being held at the Mayfair Hotel, 3000 Florida Avenue Miami, Florida 33133. For reservations please call 1.800.433.4555 by April 9, 2012 and ask for the SECOORA rate ($125/night).

Please see the dates below for specific meeting times and mark your calendars accordingly! 
Monday, May 7th from 3-5pm:  SECOORA Board meeting.  The Board of Directors should plan to arrive Monday, May 7th by 3pm.
Tuesday, May 8th from 8am-5pm:  Members and Stakeholders Meetings.  The meetings will be followed by an evening social at RSMAS.

Wednesday, May 9th from 8am-12pm:  Coordinated SECOORA RCOOS PI meeting. 

SECOORA PI Spotlights

Tracking a potential Cuba oil spillBy Robert H. Weisberg, Special to the Tampa Bay Times.   In Print: Sunday, February 5, 2012

Other News of Interest

From National Ocean Service News...

CO-OPS Meets with Partners to Establish Requirements for Jacksonville PORTSŪ
Representatives from NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) recently attended a user requirements meeting for the installation of a new NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTSŪ) in Jacksonville, Florida. Sponsored by the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, the meeting included approximately 30 representatives from a variety of state and federal stakeholders. The goal was to discuss planning and reconnaissance of the proposed suite of oceanographic sensors for the Jacksonville PORTS, including water level, currents, visibility, air gap, and meteorological sensors. 

Job Announcements

The Governors' South Atlantic Alliance Seeks Regional Coordinator 

Established in 2009, the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance is a volunteer partnership led by the Governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and supported by federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other partners. The mission of the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) is to increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, and sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region.  GSAA will hire a full-time Regional Coordinator for one year to coordinate the activities of the GSAA and its Steering Group and Executive Planning Team.  View the announcement.


Environmental Defense Fund Regional Director, Gulf and Southeast - Oceans Program

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is seeking a Regional Director for the organization's Gulf and Southeast Oceans Program.  The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies related to EDF's initiatives in Gulf and South Atlantic fisheries. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has expertise in fisheries and oceans policy and a demonstrated success managing regional teams and affecting environmental policy change. The Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Regional Programs and ideally be based in EDF's Austin, Texas office.
You can also view the complete position description and apply directly on EDF's website.

Coming Events 

February 20-24, 2012 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT 


February 29, 2012 Growing South Carolina Wind: Expanding Supply Chain in the Palmetto State, Cayce, SC


February 28-March 1, 2012 IOOS/NFRA Spring Meetings, Washington, DC


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


March 8-9, 2012  Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference, Charlotte, NC


March 13-15, 2012 Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium (SEAC) Workshop, Miami, FL


March 14-15, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Meeting, Gulfport, MS


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


May 7-9, 2012 SECOORA Annual Meeting, Miami, FL


May 15-17, 2012 From Stem to Stern II, Clearwater Beach, FL


June 21-22, 2012 Sea Level Rise Summit: The Future of Florida and the Coast, Boca Raton, FL


June 24-28, 2012 National Marine Educators Conference, Anchorage, AK


July 8-13, 2012 EARTH Workshop, Wilmington, NC


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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