September 2014
In This Issue
Partners Host Intern
2013 Annual Report
Red Tide Monitoring
Tracing Flow of Currents
Ocean Acidification Data
Marine Weather Portal
IOOS Director in ECO Mag
Save the Date: SECOORA's 9th Annual Meeting 

We invite you to join us for our 9th Annual Meeting, May 19* and 20, 2015If you are interested in participating on the May Meeting Planning Steering Committee, please contact Debra Hernandez at 

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Welcome New Member Representative! 
Marcel Reichert, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
SECOORA/UNCW Outreach Event

SECOORA and University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) hosted an outreach event on August 5. Stakeholders and congressional staffers learned about SECOORAs ocean observing efforts in North Carolina. The participants in attendance included NC SECOORA members and stakeholders from UNCCH / Coastal Studies Institute, NCSU, NC Sea Grant, NC Division of Coastal Management and NWS Wilmington Weather Forecast Office. 


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News Notes

SECOORA Partners Host Intern

This summer SECOORA partners hosted Pedro Matos-Llavona from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez for a summer internship as part of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS®). The collaborative effort between SECOORA partners Dave Easter (U.S. IOOS), Felix Jose (FGCU) and Jay Law (USF) provided Pedro the chance to practice as an oceanographer, gaining hands-on experience and knowledge in the field.

SECOORA 2013 Annual Report 

SECOORA released its Inaugural Annual Report in which we highlight how our collective efforts are impacting the Southeast region. As you read the report, please note the information you find valuable and send us your feedback.

Congratulations New SECOORA Executive Committee! 
Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Chairman
Rick DeVoe, Vice-Chairman
Jim Nelson, Secretary
Peter Hamilton, Treasurer
Richard Dodge, At Large


We are honored to be working with this talented group of individuals. SECOORA Executive Committee plays an important role in sustaining our success in the Southeast Region. If you are interested in becoming a SECOORA member, please visit our website for more info!
SECOORA Partners Monitor Red Tide Bloom In Gulf  

Karenia brevis, the Gulf of Mexico red tide organism, has been detected off the west coast of Florida. SECOORA partners Friday, August 1, released gliders to monitor and map the bloom. University of South Florida's (USF) glider Bass is swimming along the West Florida Shelf, collecting and sending data back and was retrieved August 16, 2014. Bass was redeployed on September 8 starting at the western edge of the bloom on the surface and progressing WSW offshore out of the bloom area.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at USF show a surface bloom approximately 5 to 15 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties and less than 3 miles offshore of Cedar Key (Levy County). Concentrations in these areas range from background to medium. 


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SECOORA Partners Trace Flow of Currents from Rivers to Reefs

On Sept 9, NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, SECOORA partner, joined Georgia Southern University and deployed 2 satellite-enabled drifters*. The team also released 50 gallons of fluorescent red dye into the Altamaha River outflow. 


The drifters are collecting information on how larger materials, such as dead stalks of marsh grass, may disperse after being transported by ocean currents from the Altamaha River estuary. Drifters trajectory path will be coming soon to the SECOORA website




*Please contact the investigators if a drifter is found ashore or offshore: Dr. Daniel Gleason, Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University at 912-478-5487

Strengthening Ocean Acidification Data

In 2013, as part of NOAA's Ocean Acidification (OA) Program, SECOORA received funds to provide support to the GRNMS buoy. The buoy is maintained by the University of Georgia and is part of international efforts to quantify the effects of OA on the world's ocean. To date, the GRNMS buoy has been recording high resolution monitoring data for seven years. The sensors on the buoy record pCO2, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity and water temperature. An overall upward trend has been detected for both seawater and atmospheric pCO2. Seawater pCO2 is increasing on average 2.4% per year and atmospheric pCO2 is increasing on average 0.789% per year. The near real time data from the buoy is available on SECOORA's data portal.


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SECOORA Marine Weather Portal

Arthur marked the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic season. Maxing out as a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 100mph, Arthur landed on North Carolina. Hurricane Bertha, the second storm to threaten the Southeast did not make landfall. As the season continues we need to be weather-ready. SECOORAs Marine Weather Portal is your one spot stop for real-time marine weather observations, forecast, and short and long-fuse warnings for the coastal waters of NC, SC, northern GA and the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.


Above is a picture of Arthur's predicted storm track coupled with other ocean layers taken on July 2. The diamonds represent an aggregation of high wind, wave, water. The green highlighted areas along the coast of SC, NC, and FL represent watches/ warnings. 


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IOOS and Related News

Zdenka Willis, U.S. IOOS Director, Interviewed in ECO

Zdenka Willis, Director of U.S. IOOS® Program Office, was interviewed for the July/August issue for ECO Magazine.

ECO provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of issues affecting the coastal and offshore environment field.


Zdenka answered questions regarding Data Management and Communication, integrated storm planning scenarios, IOOS's future plans and more!


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