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February 14, 2017

10-Year Anniversary

Wow! SECOORA is celebrating 10 years. From the beginning, our members, partners and supporters have helped SECOORA expand the Southeast coastal observing system. This continuing work is increasing awareness of the importance coastal observing, and SECOORA is extremely grateful for your support. Join the celebrations! 10-Year Anniversary Celebrations Coastal Observing in your Community Webinar Series SECOORA Data Challenge SECOORA Annual Meeting and 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

January 27, 2017

In Honor of our Friend Vembu Subramanian

Vembu Subramanian Friend, Colleague, Mentor, Social Chairman Deputy Director, RCOOS and DMAC Operations, SECOORA We lost a vital member of the SECOORA family this week.  Vembu’s impact and influence on us all will be sorely missed, and our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his wife Hamsa, his parents and the rest of their family. Vembu was part of SECOORA before we officially became SECOORA.  In 2000, he started work at the University of South Florida (USF), one of SECOORA’s founding members, as a research associate and data manager.  Through that position, Vembu participated in the Southeast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System, SECOORA’s predecessor.  SECOORA incorporated in 2007, and Vembu was snatched away from USF to become a SECOORA employee in 2011, where he continued to support, encourage, entertain, and befriend all who wandered into his reach. While hired for his technical skill, Vembu’s true strength was his interpersonal skill, as reflected by his unofficial job title - Social Chairman.  If you had the chance to meet him, you will have been touched by his sincerity, laughter and genuine kindness. And if you were lucky - you may have even been “vemboozled,” a term his many friends used to describe his irresistible way of getting you ...

December 15, 2016


Today and tomorrow, Vembu Subramanian of SECOORA will be attending the Florida Acoustic Cooperative Telemetry (FACT) 2016 Fall Workshop. He will be giving the attendees a demo on how to use the SECOORA Data Portal that includes tutorials on how to search, visualize and download oceanographic data.Click here to see the agenda. 

December 15, 2016

Three Buoys Redeployed in the Carolinas

Three buoys - FRP2, ILM2 and ILM3 - in the coastal waters of North Carolina and South Carolina were recovered and redeployed.The aft deck of the RV Savannah with three CORMP buoy systems onboard. The CORMP team, along with the crew of the RV Savannah replaced and recovered buoy systems off Fripp Island, SC and Wrightsville Beach, NC. (Photo by Brett Bolton.)  UNCW Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) maintains the moorings with funding from SECOORA and US IOOS. The buoys provide important near real time data that helps weather forecasters and Emergency Response Managers in the Carolinas decide the best way to respond to dangerous situations.Michael Colby – the lead Forecaster for the NOAA NWS Weather Forecast Office in Wilmington NC – relies on the buoy’s critical information. “I use the CORMP [data] extensively to access the potential for coastal impacts due to incoming wave energy. . . . The data is utilized here at the NWS office in Wilmington, NC to gauge the potential for rip currents, dangerous shoaling of waves into shallow water zones, inlet and entrance wave turbulence, breaking wave heights in the surf-zone, and marine forecast out to 20 NM.”Brett Bolton displays a damaged Gill ...

November 29, 2016

Support SECOORA on Giving Tuesday

 This Giving Tuesday consider supporting SECOORA! 1) Shop Amazon Smile: Amazon donates a portion of the proceeds to SECOORA at no cost to you. Use this link2) Become a Member: Join us and be a part of the future of Ocean Observing in Southeast. Learn More > 3) SECOORA is a certified 501(3)c - all donations are tax deducible. Email if you are interested in learning about other ways to donate.

October 27, 2016

Buoys in the Carolinas to be Replaced

Three buoys in the coastal waters of North Carolina and South Carolina will soon be replaced. Upgrades to the systems being deployed include a more robust power system as well as secondary meteorological sensors.

October 25, 2016

Using Ocean Technology to Capture Hurricane Matthew in Real Time

As Matthew moved from the Bahamas to the Carolinas, ocean observing technology – such as buoys - captured waves over 20 feet and wind speed of over 50 knots along its’ path.OverviewHurricane Matthew was the first category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007.  After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, Matthew started its path along the southern Atlantic seaboard of the US as a category 3 hurricane, eventually making landfall as a category 1 hurricane north of Charleston, SC on Oct. 8. Maximum sustained winds were near 120 mph during the US portion of its track.  The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System (SECOORA) responded to the storm in real time.SECOORA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, coordinates coastal and ocean monitoring activities in the southeast United States in partnership with NOAA, U.S. IOOS and a number of other public and private interests. SECOORA supports marine weather buoys and high frequency radar coastal stations located in the impact zone of Matthew. One buoy operated by University of North Carolina Wilmington reported wind speed of over 42 knots or 48 mph. DataBuoys, coastal stations, forecast models and other ocean technology transmit data – such as wind speed and wave height – in near real time to data ...

October 12, 2016

SECOORA Seeks Marketing Services Contractor

SECOORA seeks a professional contractor to provide strategic planning services. The Marketing Services Contractor will work with the Executive Director, SECOORA staff and Board members to develop an overarching marketing plan for SECOORA. Click here for detailed information.

October 7, 2016

SECOORA Newsletter

New SECOORA newsletter! Read about Hurricane Matthew, a new global ocean acidification portal, the SECOORA Glider Observatory and more!

October 7, 2016

New Blog! Read Insights on Hurricane Matthew

SECOORA has started a new blog. Posts will be written by the SECOORA team or invited experts in the coast and ocean sciences and will cover anything from new technology to insight on events in the region – such as hurricanes, red tide, etc.Our goal is to use this platform to increase awareness of our coastal ocean and create an open dialogue.  We are committed to sharing coastal and ocean information from trusted SECOORA partners in the southeast region. Click here for Hurricane Matthew resources page.Read two posts on Hurricane Matthew from Ruoying He, North Carolina State University.