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October 7, 2016

Training the Next Generation

SECOORA, US IOOS and University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF CMS) hosted two interns over the summer.  Under the mentorship of Dave Easter (US IOOS), Jay Law (USF CMS) and Vembu Subramanian (SECOORA), the undergraduate students learned hands-on the importance of coastal ocean observing.Julianna Diehl, an undergraduate student at the Maine Maritime Academy, completed her project titled, “Deploying Buoys to Monitor and Model Circulation on the West Florida Shelf.” Juliana worked with USF Ocean Circulation Group gained experience setting up instrumentation, outfitting moorings for deployment, and creating cruise and dive plans. Juliana executed those plans as Chief Scientist on board the R/V Weatherbird II during an annual mooring maintenance cruise.Andrew Reid, an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, completed his project, “Ocean Observing and Ocean Acidification in the Coastal Ocean.”  Andrew executed deployment of state of the art ocean acidification sensors on an existing ocean-atmosphere research mooring in the Gulf of Mexico. Utilizing the USF Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System field program funded by SECOORA, Andrew assisted and took a lead role in the planning, execution and recovery of pH and dissolved inorganic carbon sensors.Thank you to Jay Law at USF CMS Coastal Ocean Monitoring & ...

October 7, 2016

Save the Date – SECOORA Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for the SECOORA 2017 Annual Meeting - May 16, 17 and 18, 2017 - in Melbourne, Florida hosted by Florida Institute of Technology. SECOORA will be celebrating our 10- year anniversary of becoming a non-profit. Keep a look out for more information and a website. Hope to see you there!

October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

** NEW BLOG: Read posts on Matthew from experts in the Southeast Region ** Hurricane Matthew, a category 3 hurricane at 8 AM ET October 7, moved up the southeast coast, eventually making landfall as a category 1 hurricane just north of Charleston, SC on Oct. 8. Maximum sustained winds were near 120 mph during … Continue reading "Hurricane Matthew"

August 31, 2016

Tropical Storm Hermine and Tropical Depression Eight Passing Over SECOORA Assets

Tropical Depression Eight and Tropical Storm Hermine are dousing the SECOORA region.Tropical Depression EightTropical Depression Eight is moving slowly away from the North Carolina coastline. According to the National Hurricane Center it is centered about 75 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras.SECOORA and US IOOS support marine weather buoys off of the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. The weather sensors on the buoys captured the data of Tropical Depression Eight in real time.Pictured above is 1 week data plot from buoy ILM3. Monday August 29 and Tuesday August 30 is when the storm passed over the University of North Carolina Wilmington Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program buoys. Contact Lynn Leonard, UNCW, for more information. Or visit the CORMP page to explore more data.   For warnings and briefings visit the NWS Wilmington NC website.Tropical Storm Hermine Wednesday August 31, Tropical Depression Nine was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine (pronounced “her MEEN”). According to the NWS Tampa Bay Weather Forecast Office, the storm is forecast to gradually strengthen as it lifts northward then northeast, eventually making landfall across the eastern Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region on Thursday. The system is forecast to slowly intensify over the next ...

August 26, 2016

Meet the 2016 – 2017 Executive Committee

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Executive Committee! We are honored to be working with this talented group of individuals. SECOORA Executive Committee plays an important role in sustaining our success. If you are interested in becoming a SECOORA member, please visit: White, ChairmanA. Quinton White, Jr., Ph.D., is Executive Director, Marine Science Research Institute and Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University. The Marine Science Research Institute building opened in 2010 and is the first LEED certified Gold building on the JU campus. Dr. White joined the faculty at Jacksonville University in 1976, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research.  Dr. White has written numerous research and technical papers or reports and received grants and contracts to support marine research at JU.  Currently he is conducting research on the history of human impact on the Florida environment and especially on the St. Johns River with a focus on manatees and water quality issues. Dr. White has been active in the Jacksonville community and writes a monthly column in the Florida Times-Union called “River Life”. He is President-elect of the Southern Association of Marine Labs.  Recent ...

August 22, 2016

Dr. Bill Hogarth Honored with Top Fishery Conservation Award

Pictured is Dr. Bill Hogarth (right) with fellow SECOORA Members at the SECOORA 2015 Annual MeetingRecently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography Director Bill Hogarth was honored with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award by the American Fisheries Society. Also known as the “Sully,” the award is one of the nation’s premier honors in fisheries conservation science.“No one deserves the ‘Sully’ more than Dr. Hogarth. As the past SECOORA Vice Chair, Dr. Hogarth provided valuable input on the importance of fisheries in ocean observing,” reflected SECOORA’s Executive Director Debra Hernandez. “His career has made a noteworthy impact on the fisheries community, including all the linked economic and ecosystem interests impacted by fisheries management.”The award recognizes a wide span of achievements in Dr. Hogarth’s 51-year-career in marine science, beginning with his research into threatened fish species; his roles as director of the National Marine Fisheries Service and chairman of the International Whaling Commission; and his service as the former dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. During his career, Hogarth is credited with bringing greater international attention to preserving threatened fish species such as the Atlantic Blue Fin ...

August 11, 2016

Atlantic Hurricane Season Still Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most active since 2012.Forecasters now expect a 70-percent chance of 12–17 named storms, of which 5–8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2–4 major hurricanes. The initial outlook called for 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes. The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. Read the story on the NOAA website.

August 10, 2016

U.S. IOOS Director Search Open

Zdenka Willis, the Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program Office will be retiring in January 2017 after more than a decade directing and guiding the U.S. IOOS Program. NOAA has opened a national search for a Director. The full position announcement can be found at USA Jobs. The deadline for applications is September 4, 2016. The U.S. IOOS Program Office is housed in NOAA's National Ocean Service. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY

July 28, 2016

Connecting Users to Indian River Lagoon Data

Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is an estuary located along Florida east central coast. It is a hotspot for high biological diversity and recreational activities. Today, nearly 1 million people live and work in the IRL region.Based on the IRL importance for ecosystem services and economics, many agencies and organizations collect IRL data. The data collected is sometimes fragmented across many systems and not publically shared.A regional workshop - Connecting Users to IRL Data – was the first organized effort to address where IRL data is housed, what types of data are collected, how the data is used and whether or not scientists and agencies can do a better job of collecting, organizing, translating and sharing the data. Pictured above is the IRL Workshop Steering Committee.SECOORA’s RCOOS Program Manager, Vembu Subramanian, and Communications Specialist, Abbey Wakely, attended the workshop. Vembu served in the Workshop Steering Committee and also was a panelist on the “Data Collectors and It’s Users” panel. The panelists and workshop participants agreed that understanding who is collecting what type of data, whether the data is translated and where it is openly accessible, would promote greater understanding of potential gaps in data collection, proper use of the data for management ...

July 21, 2016

Senate and House Mark Increase Regional IOOS Funding by $2m

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee included a $2 million increase in the IOOS Regional line to support filling critical gaps in the nation's only surface current mapping program. This national program uses land-based high-frequency radars to map surface currents in real-time. This information is used by the US Coast Guard to reduce the search areas by two-thirds, by NOAA Office of Response and Restoration for oil spill response, and by scientists to monitor the extent of harmful algal blooms. Information originally appeared on the IOOS Association Newsletter.