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YSI and University of South Florida College of Marine Science, a SECOORA Member organization, collaborated by adding a beach water quality sensor at Clam Bayou in St. Petersburg, Florida. Keep an eye out for the story and real-time data on our website.

News Notes

 SECOORA Annual Meeting Next Month

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Register today! The Annual Meeting will be held May 13-15 at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto in Savannah, GA. Visit the May 2014 SECOORA Annual Meeting page today.

IOOS Office and SECOORA Provide an Internship Opportunity

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IOOS is partnering with SECOORA and co-mentors Jay Law, USF, and Dr. Felix Jose, FGCU, to host Pedro Matos-Llavona (University of Puerto-Rico) in an internship through NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP). Mayaguez and Pedro will be working on a project titled, "West Florida Shelf Ocean Observing Program: Engaging Students in Instrument Deployment, Data Collection and Analysis." The IOOS Office is excited to participate in the EPP program and looks forward to pursuing more of these internship opportunities in the future.


Ocean Glider Released and Recovered Off Southeast Coast

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University of South Florida's Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Glider was deployed off the Atlantic coast of Florida with the mission to detect hotspots of reef fish activity in and around marine protected areas using funding provided by NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).  

SECOORA Member Deploys Buoys Off NC Coast

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In April, Harvey Seim, SECOORA Member Representative for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his lab will deploy two buoys off the coast of North Carolina.

The buoys will capture an amalgam of real-time data, from wind direction and speed to salinity 50 feet below the ocean's surface. The information will be analyzed to help identify viable locations for offshore wind energy farms. 

IOOS and Related News
New IOOS Videos

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IOOS has released three new videos on ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and search and rescue. All three videos highlight data users in various regions, capturing their personal story. If you'd like to use any of the videos on your websites, kiosks, and outreach efforts, please send your request for the video files to IOOS Communications Specialist, Jennie Lyons,


Explore the Videos:

Ocean Acidification | Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) - Red Tide and Human Health | IOOS Enhances Search and Rescue

Ecological Forecasting Roadmap


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NOAA held its 2nd Annual Ecological Forecasting Roadmap meeting, which reflected on the successes to date and identified strategies to address challenges for moving forward. Over 100 people from across NOAA and external agencies attended the meeting. Zdenka Willis attended for IOOS, Debra Hernandez for SECOORA, and Josie Quintrell for the IOOS Association. Overall, IOOS was well represented, being mentioned in most topics discussed. Both the regional efforts and the US IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed were called out specifically. 

NOAA/CO-OPS Launches New Jacksonville PORTSŪ Website

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NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) launched the new Jacksonville PORTS website. The Jacksonville PORTS includes the full suite of operational sensors: water level, meteorological, visibility, salinity, air gap, and tidal currents. This unique PORTS partnership features administration by the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange and station installation, operation and maintenance services by the Woods Hole Group.