March 2015
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Register for SECOORA's 2015 Annual Meeting

We invite you to join us for our 9th Annual Meeting, May 19 and 20, 2015, in Jacksonville, FL. Click here to register.

Explore SECOORA's 2014 Annual Report

This marks SECOORA's second 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.


SECOORA is soliciting contractors with Data Management and Communication Service (DMAC) qualifications who will present a plan and demonstrate the capability to operate a region-wide integrated DMAC infrastructure as a core component of SECOORA operations. Click here to access the DMAC Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Deadline for submission of RFQ is Tuesday March 24, 2015.


SPLASSH (Student Programs Like Aquatic Science Sampling Headquarters), is a socially driven website designed for students and citizen scientists to investigate, share, and analyze data involving water. The goal of SPLASSH is to serve as a water data exchange platform where people can post their water projects, challenges, and innovation; be recognized for their contributions; and connect with other water investigators.  SPLASSH engages and educates the community about our waterways. 

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News Notes

Register for SECOORA's 2015 Annual Meeting

Please register today for the SECOORA 2015 Annual Meeting! The two-day meeting will be held May 19-20, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL (225 E Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32202).

The Board meeting will begin Tuesday May 19 at 10:00am and the Members Business meeting will start at 3:15pm. Voting will occur during the Members Business meeting and a Members and Stakeholders Networking Social will be held on the evening of May 19 at 5pm. The Stakeholder meeting will be held on Wednesday May 20, starting at 8am, and will focus on SECOORA's past accomplishments and future plans. Click here to visit our website for more information.

Consider increasing your organization's exposure at the SECOORA 2015 Annual Meeting. Become a sponsor and showcase your organization's services and products, and strengthen ties with existing clients. Click here to learn more.

Register for SOCAN's First Webinar!

Please join Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) for their first webinar Tuesday March 10, 12pm ET. It is titled "A Far-field View of Ocean Acidification in the South Atlantic Bight" by Rik Wanninkhof, NOAA/AOML, Miami. Click here to register.

SOCAN was organized by SECOORA  and NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program to support and encourage discussions on ocean and coastal acidification in the Southeast region. 
SOCAN is hosting a state-of-the-science webinar series on ocean acidification. The webinar series are intended to create a dialogue among key stakeholder groups to identify what is known, what isn't, and what research in other locales can be applied to better understand ocean acidification and its impacts in the Southeast US. Click here to sign up for SOCAN's listserv!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. More info on the series and upcoming webinars can be found HERE.

SECOORA RCOOS Manager Elected Chair of MTS OOS Committee

Congratulations Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System Manager, for being elected Chair of MTS Ocean Observing Systems Committee. The Ocean Observing System Committee mission is to provide the ocean community with a unique collaborative environment for exchanging information and advancing knowledge to further the state-of-the-art and technology, as well as to foster the global dissemination of knowledge in this field of endeavor.

Stakeholder Beach Water Quality Meeting Hosted in Sarasota FL

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In January, SECOORA and the University of South Carolina (USC) beach water quality modeling team hosted a beach water quality meeting with stakeholders in the Sarasota Florida area. SECOORA and the beach water quality modeling team are working to transfer a SECOORA product/application, How's the Beachto the swimming beach waters of Longboat and Lido Key region in southwest Florida. Attendees included representatives from Florida Department of Health Sarasota County, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of South Florida, Manatee County, National Weather Service, Mote Marine Laboratory, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association and more.

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SECOORA at 2015 Charleston STEM Festival

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SECOORA was an exhibitor at the 2nd annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival at Brittlebank Park, in Charleston, South Carolina. 

It is estimated the festival attracted over 7,500 attendees. SECOORA teamed with our member organization, South Carolina Sea Grant Extension Program, to demonstrate the importance of coastal ocean observing in the Southeast to a wide range of users. Children, teens and families learned about the basic functions of buoys and a variety of sensors. Visitors explored SECOORA real-time buoy data off the coast of South Carolina in our data portal.


IOOS and Related News

FY 2016 U.S. IOOS FFO Published

SECOORA is soliciting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from eligible organizations to be included in SECOORA's single regional coordinated proposal in response to Topic Area 1: "Implementation and Development of Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems" of the FY 2016 U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Details on the Topic Area 1 of the US IOOS FFO can be found HERESECOORA intends to submit a proposal with a five-year period of performance.
Access SECOORA LOI solicitation by clicking here. LOIs are due by 12PM ET March 23, 2015. Important dates are outlined in the Process Schedule.


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