Ecosystems: Water Quality and Living Marine Resources

Ocean and coastal conditions are constantly changing. These three-dimensional and fluid dependent systems function through complex chemical, geological, and biological interactions that change over time and space. Observations and ecosystem models are necessary to understand the Southeast’s complex ecosystems.

SECOORA focuses on improving coastal hazard resilience in the Southeast by:

  • Supporting partners to collect and report water quality data
  • Creating tools for historical circulation and climate data
  • Supporting models and information to improve beach water quality advisory notices

Observations, Tools and Projects

Below are examples of the SECOORA supported information related to Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources. Note most observations and tools funded apply to multiple themes.

How’s the Beach

Bacteria levels can change rapidly between sampling dates. The beach water quality app posts swimming advisories for the day based on the relationship between bacteria level and rainfall, salinity, wind conditions, and water temperature.

The predictive modeling app supports Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources by:

  • Estimating the bacteria load based on environmental conditions
  • Providing managers easy access to the information through a web based app

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SECOORA Climatology

The tool allows users to view and analyze trends in temperature and salinity in both time and space. A key feature of this application is the ability to access historical temperature and salinity data from select SECOORA buoys and model results.

The climatology tool supports Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources by:

  • Providing improved access to physical oceanographic data to scientists studying fish stocks
  • Serving the NOAA NWS Weather Forecasts offices needs

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Biological Observation Experiment

Research shows fish have evolved to use acoustics for courtship and spawning. Passive acoustic hydrophone surveys can be used to document the time and place where reproductive activity occurs.

This project supports Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources by:

  • Testing to see if acoustic measurements of fish sounds and movement can be feasibly integrated into the existing operational observing systems

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