SECOORA 2018 Annual Meeting

You are invited to join SECOORA for our 2018 Annual Meeting on ocean observing in Charleston, South Carolina. More information (including agenda) will be posted as it becomes available.

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May 22-24, 2018 (register today)


Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District
560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403


Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District (560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403)
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Phone: 800-993-4751
Group Name: SECOORA
Hotel Reservation Deadline: April 16, 2018

There is a block of rooms reserved at Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District in the name of SECOORA. Please book your hotel with this link by April 16, 2018 to get the discounted rate of $229 plus tax. After April 16, 2018 the rate will increase substantially.

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Draft Meeting Outline*

All meetings are open and will be held at the Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District (560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403).

Tuesday May 22, 2018

SECOORA Board Meeting: 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Please email for information.

SECOORA Principal Investigator Project Briefings: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Please join us for updates on the SECOORA supported projects. Please for more information.

Welcome Social: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join SECOORA to kick off the meeting at the Pour Tap Room (560 King St, Charleston, SC 29403) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Light appetizers  and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday May 23, 2018

SECOORA Members Business Meeting: 8:30 – 9:50 AM

8:30 – 8:45 AM


Registration, Coffee and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory, SECOORA Chair

9:00 – 9:30 AM

 IOOS Association Update and Congressional Outlook
Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association Director

9:30 – 9:45 AM

SECOORA Members Business Meeting (Voting Results)

9:45-9:50 AM

Wrap Up and Adjourn

Supporting the Blue Economy: SECOORA Stakeholder Annual Meeting: 9:45 – 5:00 PM

9:45 – 10:00 AM                                                     

Registration and Coffee (provided)

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory, SECOORA Chair

10:30 – 11:00 AM

IOOS Program Office Updates
Carl Gouldman, U.S.  IOOS Director

11:00 – 12:20 PM

Blue Economy Panel I: Perspectives on Offshore Resource Use and Management
Objective: Discuss offshore resources in the SE and research and modeling needs for safe and efficient infrastructure siting, beach nourishment, and inlet management.

Panelists (TBD):

  • Doug Piatkowski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Division of Environmental Assessment
  • Nicole Elko, South Carolina Beach Advocates

12:20 – 1:30 PM

 Lunch (provided)

 1:30 – 2:45 PM

Blue Economy Panel II: Fisheries Collaboration – Stories from the Field
Objective: Highlight integrated physical oceanographic and biological research that supports fisheries management.

Panelists (TBD):

  • Lad Akins, REEF Environmental Education Foundation

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:30 PM

Blue Economy Panel III: Local Perspectives
Objective: Discuss major business and public sector marine-related economic activities and priority gaps in data and research that are needed for management and decision support.

Panelists (TBD):

  • Paul Gayes, Coastal Carolina University

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Discussion and Adjourn: Blue Economy Opportunities for SECOORA

Public Forum: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Extreme Events, the Blue Economy, and Ocean Observations

Join us for a public forum on coastal hazards in the southeast hosted from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

Thursday May 24, 2018

Data Access for Coasts and Oceans Workshop: SECOORA Public Data Portal, Analysis Tools and Practical Applications: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Registration and Coffee

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Debra Hernandez, SECOORA

9:00 – 9:15 AM

SECOORA Data Portal Overview
Rob Bochenek, Axiom Data Science

9:15 – 10:00 AM

Hands-on Use of Data Portal
Stacey Buckelew, Axiom Data Science

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Portal & Catalog Feedback
Stacey Buckelew, Axiom Data Science

10:15 – 10:30 AM

 Coffee Break

10:30 – 10:40 AM

Research Workspace Introduction
Stacey Buckelew, Axiom Data Science

10:40 – 11:25 AM

Diving Deeper into Data Applications
Kyle Wilcox, Axiom Data Science

11:25 – 11:40 AM

Data Archive and Metadata Authoring: Research Workspace
Stacey Buckelew, Axiom Data Science

11:40 – 12:00 PM

Other Applications and Feedback

12:00 PM

Closing the Workshop
Jennifer Dorton, SECOORA

Meeting Materials


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*Times are subject to change