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March 21, 2012
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
SECOORA @ Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012 | ICOOS Act Reauthorization Working Group | Register Today for Annual Meeting | News from NFRA | Member Spotlight: Cliff Merz in the News | Other News of Interest | Job Announcements | Coming Events


SECOORA @ Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012
The 16th Ocean Sciences conference, a joint meeting of The Oceanography Society (TOS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) had over 3,000 oral and poster presentations, plenary talks, workshops and town halls. Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA RCOOS Manager, attended the meeting and presented a poster on "Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) for the Southeast Region of the US" in the Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) - Regional and Global session of the conference. In the poster, SECOORA highlighted the region's RCOOS observing, modeling, data management, education and outreach, and governance subsystem components as well as some of the products and services we offer to the stakeholders and end-users. The poster also outlined the development of SECOORA Regional build out plan that describes the region's observing system needs for the next 10 years. Dr. Harvey Seim, SECOORA Board member, co-chaired the Ocean Observing Systems - Regional and Global oral and poster session, which also included a panel discussion. Dr. Lynn Shay, University of Miami, represented SECOORA at the National IOOS High Frequency Radar Technical Steering Team meeting that was held during the conference. Several SECOORA RCOOS Principal Investigators were also at the conference showcasing their scientific work and results via oral presentations and posters.


 Ocean Sciences Poster

 Suzanne Skelley, Deputy Director of US IOOS, with SECOORA's Ocean Sciences Poster


ICOOS Act Reauthorization Working Group

The IOOS Office is creating an The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act reauthorization working group. This group will work with Jenifer Rhoades of the IOOS Office to examine the existing ICOOS Act, discuss possible changes, present those changes to the RAs and others for discussion.  Thanks to SECOORA Board Member Bob Weisberg, who has volunteered to serve on this committee. 


Only 3 Weeks Left for Special Hotel Rate for Annual Meeting 

SECOORA's Annual Meetings will be held May 7-9, 2012 at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).  Please register via the SECOORA Web site and view the preliminary agenda for May 8th.  The Board of Directors meeting agenda and PI meeting agenda are still in development.


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).



From the National Federation of Regional Associations (NFRA) for Coastal and Ocean Observing March 2012 Newsletter

President's FY13 Budget Cuts Regional Association (RA) Grants by $2.5m

In the President's Budget for FY13, the overall regional line for IOOS increased from $23m in FY12 to $29.52m. However, the competitive regional grant program, which sustains the regional network, was cut by $2.5 million.  A cut of this magnitude would mean assets would need to be removed and critical information products would not be supported.  The increase is from the addition of a $10 million technology innovation program that is part of a larger NOAA's R&D initiative.


Regional Associations Visit Congressional Members

NFRA Board members and regional representations conducted a series of meetings on the Hill on March 1st, visiting many members of Congress to discuss the importance of coastal and ocean observing to constituents and to highlight the impacts of funding cuts.


House Letter Supports IOOS

Rep Capps (D-CA) and Rep Pingree (D-ME) recently co-sponsored a Dear Colleague Letter in the House for IOOS. Over 30 House members signed, up from 22 last year.  This is a success and NFRA appreciates the support of members who reached out to their delegations!  Special thanks to Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Brad Miller (D-NC), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) from the SECOORA region for signing on to this letter.   


SECOORA Member Spotlights

News from SECOORA Board Member Cliff Merz

SECOORA would like to congratulate Board Member Cliff Merz who has been elected to a 3-year term to serve on the City of Safety Harbor Commission. Commissioner Merz received nearly 59 percent of the 3,504 ballots cast in Florida's Jan. 31 municipal election.


Merz was also recently in the local newspaper highlighting his ideas for turning Panama Key, an undeveloped island, into an engineering laboratory for his diverse interests in developing stand-alone water desalination systems and power systems.  Read the story.

Other News of Interest

Savannah Ocean Exchange Doubles Awards to US$200,000 for 2012

The Savannah Ocean Exchange, which is committed to finding solutions which inspire action to protect the globe's oceans, announced today that the 2012 purse for awards to competitors submitting practical and implementable solutions has doubled to US $200,000.  View the press release and also information about the 2012 LEAP TO ZERO+ theme and how to participate.

Abstract submissions for the OCEANS'12 conference opened March 15. Learn more about the conference and abstract submissions. Exhibition space still available.

Job Announcements

Executive Director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina

North Carolina State University invites applications for Executive Director for two inter-institutional centers, the North Carolina Sea Grant College Program and the Water Resources Research Institute. The executive director is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the activities of both programs, including support and conduct of research, extension, communications, and interaction and engagement with public officials at all levels and with the private sector. Both centers are located at NC State University, Raleigh, NC ( and are jointly administered to optimize the synergies between and effectiveness of the programs. An affiliated academic appointment is available at NCSU and/or at other UNC system campuses, depending on qualifications, and may be made either upon hiring or after the successful candidate undertakes the position.  View the details.
Research Interns, HBOI
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is now accepting applications for two voluntary research positions in the Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology (PBBE) Program. Successful applicants will participate in marine mammal photo-identification including data entry, database management, image analysis, field work, and potentially GIS mapping work.  Learn more.
OCEANA Campaign Analyst
OCEANA is seeking a Washington, DC-based Campaign Analyst to work with us to promote a shift from offshore oil and gas to clean energy. This position will be an issue expert on offshore oil and gas and clean energy.  You will possess expertise on issues related to energy procurement and development, and be familiar with information sources and policy level research techniques. Good communication skills are necessary as well, including writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Media relations experience is a plus. The position is based in Washington, D.C.  Some travel is required.  Learn more.

Coming Events 


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


April 30-May 3, 2012 AGU Science Policy Conference, Washington, DC


April 30-May 3, 2012 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX


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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Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
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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