February 2015

SOCAN Webinar Series

SECOORA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program facilitated the formation of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) to support and encourage discussions on ocean and coastal acidification in the Southeast region. SOCAN will enhance collaborations and communications throughout the region about ocean and coastal acidification regional drivers; approaches to monitoring; state-of- the science; and vulnerable species and ecosystems, among other concerns. Click here to learn more.
SOCAN is hosting a state-of-the-science webinar series on ocean acidification. The SOCAN Steering Committee will use information learned from the webinars to develop a state-of-the-science white paper on ocean acidification in the southeast.  Webinars will be hosted approximately every two weeks at 12pm ET starting Tuesday March 10. Each webinar will be recorded and posted here.
Save date for SOCAN’s first webinar, Tuesday March 10, 12pm ET. It is titled "A Far-field View of Ocean Acidification in the South Atlantic Bight" presented by Rik Wanninkhof, NOAA/AOML, Miami. 
Presentation Abstract:
Ocean acidification (OA) is a global phenomena with regional impacts that will get increasingly worse with time based on projected increases in atmospheric CO2 levels.  In this presentation the factors influencing OA in the South Atlantic Bight (SAB) will be discussed with a focus on offshore effects including those caused by changes in water mass characteristics and currents.  Two coastal cruises, measurements on ships of opportunity, and mooring observations sponsored by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are used to describe and attribute the ocean acidification patterns in the SAB.

DMAC RFQ Solicitation

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. Respondents should demonstrate their DMAC expertise and capabilities, user product development services and data provider support services. They should also demonstrate how they will build upon or modify SECOORA’s current DMAC system and how, using existing tools and products and/or emerging, appropriate new technologies implement a robust, cost-effective and scalable coastal ocean data management system that is compliant with US IOOS® DMAC requirements.

To access the DMAC Request for Qualifications (RFQ)Click here.  An addendum has been published on March 11, 2015.

Deadline for submission of RFQ is Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Buoy for a Cause

Thank you for your help! We have raised the funds needed to keep Buoy 41036 on the water. Below is the original call for action.
The Onslow Bay, North Carolina marine community needs your help! January 2015, off the coast of North Carolina, buoy 41036 was decommissioned.  UNCW’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) is partnering with SECOORA and the area boating and fishing community groups to raise the additional funds needed to deploy a CORMP buoy (as pictured) that will replace 41036.

Our goal is to raise $16,000 by May 15, 2015. Please donate today. SECOORA is a 501(c)(3);therefore, your donation is tax deductible.
All donations to support the buoy can be made via PayPal or by mailing a check to SECOORA.
Attention:  Onslow Bay Buoy Fund 
PO Box 13856
Charleston, SC 29422
If you want to learn more about this initiative, contact Dave Tilley, admin@fryingpantower.com, or Jennifer Dorton, dortonj@uncw.edu,  910-962-2777.
Read about the cause in the news!
Image Credit: UNCW CORMP

FY 2016 U.S. IOOS FFO Published

The FY 2016 U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Implementation Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) was published on February 11, 2015. The FFO specifically requests proposals addressing 1) sustaining and enhancing comprehensive regional observing systems and 2) verification and validation of observing technologies for studying and monitoring coastal and ocean environments. The FFO can be found in Grants.gov by searching for the opportunity identifier, NOAA-NOS-IOOS-2016-2004378, or by searching the IOOS CFDA number 11.012.  

Please visit, www.secoora.org/IOOS_2015_FFO, for more information.

SECOORA at 2015 Charleston STEM Festival

Saturday February 7, 2015, SECOORA was an exhibitor at the 2nd annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival at Brittlebank Park, in Charleston, SC. 

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 Caro-COOPS real-time buoy data off the coast of South Carolina in our data portal.



SECOORA would like to thank Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for providing sensors, a miniature buoy replica and other material for the festival.



Images Credit: SECOORA