SECOORA, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association, is the regional solution to integrating coastal and ocean observing data and information in the Southeast United States.  SECOORA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in September 2007 that coordinates coastal and ocean observing activities, and facilitates continuous dialogue among stakeholders so that the benefits from the sustained operation of a coastal and ocean observing system can be realized.

In March of 2009, President Obama signed the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act establishing statutory authority for the development of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The ICOOS Act mandates the establishment of a national integrated system of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing systems coordinated at the federal level.  IOOS partners with the Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT), a NOAA-funded partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies dedicated to fostering the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms.  ACT is committed to providing IOOS with information required for the deployment of reliable and cost-effective networks.

SECOORA is one of 11 regional associations within IOOS, a multidisciplinary network designed to provide data required by decision makers.  SECOORA is also a member of the IOOS Association, working along with ten other Regional Associations (RAs) to assure the needs and positions of on-the-ground users in the regions are adequately reflected in national policy and priority setting. 

SECOORA is focusing its efforts on four main thematic areas.  These theme areas and details about products being developed to address them are detailed in the SECOORA Priorities Plan.

Read the SECOORA Strategic Priorities Document



The foundation of SECOORA is service.  SECOORA’s vision is to:

Protect people by providing comprehensive information and tools on:

  • Weather, wind, current, and wave conditions for improved safety of marine operations;
  • Inundation from storms and sea level rise to inform coastal communities and inhabitants of the risks to lives and property; and
  • Pathogen and rip-currents to support beach users and communities.

Conserve our marine environment by providing ocean current, wind, and ecosystem condition information:

  • to support Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for improved ecosystem-based management;
  • to predict location and movement of contaminants for better preparation and response; and
  • to determine the best locations, from sea surface to seafloor, for renewable ocean energy, marine protected areas, and other offshore operations and activities.

Enhance our coastal economy by providing information and models:

  • to facilitate more effective decision-making regarding commercial and recreational fisheries;
  • for predicting acute and chronic beach and shoreline change affected by climate change and high energy events, such as storms and hurricanes; and
  • to support tourism, offshore energy, and shipping industries.