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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: http://secoora.org/about/governance/joinQuinton 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.

July 21, 2016

SECOORA Funded Glider Network Featured in News

To address long-standing gaps on the east coast, SECOORA is investing in a regional glider observatory to gather historically lacking data on shelf circulation and water properties in the South Atlantic Bight. The Atlantic gliders will operate in coastal waters from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Cape Hatteras, N.C., the area known as the South Atlantic Bight.Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article87937117.html#storylink=cpyThe SECOORA funded glider network led by the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography  will soon move through South Carolina waters taking temperature and salinity readings, and listen for fish behavior. Glider data could help fishermen increase their hauls, among other things. The network will be the first regularly funded program of its kind in the region, according to the institute. It will span an area of the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to North Carolina through which the gliders will cruise at a leisurely pace.Recently, the project was highlighted in a local newspapers, the Beaufort Gazette. Read the article HERE.Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article87937117.html#storylink=cpy

July 18, 2016

Job Announcement: SOCAN Program Coordinator

The Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) is seeking a part-time Program Coordinator to help increase the capacity of its network to effectively engage stakeholders. This will  a contract position with an initial one-year term and option to extend for a second year. The ideal candidate must have strong communications and organizational skills and be able to work independently with a diverse group of people. Applicants are asked to please submit a letter of interest, resume, short writing sample, and three references to abbey@secoora.org. Deadline is Monday August 15, 2016 5 PM Eastern.Click here to access full announcement.

June 23, 2016

Southeast Receives $2.5 Million for Coastal Ocean Observing

The NOAA U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) awarded SECOORA $2.5 million to support the maintenance and expansion of ocean and coastal observing in the southeast.  This will be the first installment in a five-year funding cycle.Over the next five years, SECOORA will continue to support the 15 high frequency radars, 23 in-situ stations, 3 operational model forecasts and 2 integrated products for stakeholders that comprise the SECOORA observing system.To address long-standing gaps on the east coast, SECOORA is investing in a regional glider observatory to gather historically lacking data on shelf circulation and water properties in the South Atlantic Bight. The project will provide regional 4-D information about temperature, salinity and density structure, and oxygen/turbidity/CDOM/chl-a concentrations. Responding to the potential deepening of the busiest port in the state of South Carolina, Charleston Harbor, SECOORA is installing a new coastal water quality and meteorological station to address the gap in continuous monitoring of the surface and bottom waters in Charleston Harbor.Above is a schematic of Year 1 of the proposal. With oversight from Governance and Management, and in collaboration with PIs and Data Management and Communications, SECOORA will continue to manage and integrate observations and models for a suite ...

June 23, 2016

Southeast Receives $2.5 Million for Coastal Ocean Observing

The NOAA U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) awarded SECOORA $2.5 million to support the maintenance and expansion of ocean and coastal observing in the southeast.  This will be the first installment in a five-year funding cycle.Over the next five years, SECOORA will continue to support the 15 high frequency radars, 23 in-situ stations, 3 operational model forecasts and 2 integrated products for stakeholders that comprise the SECOORA observing system.To address long-standing gaps on the east coast, SECOORA is investing in a regional glider observatory to gather historically lacking data on shelf circulation and water properties in the South Atlantic Bight. The project will provide regional 4-D information about temperature, salinity and density structure, and oxygen/turbidity/CDOM/chl-a concentrations. Responding to the potential deepening of the busiest port in the state of South Carolina, Charleston Harbor, SECOORA is installing a new coastal water quality and meteorological station to address the gap in continuous monitoring of the surface and bottom waters in Charleston Harbor.Above is a schematic of Year 1 of the proposal. With oversight from Governance and Management, and in collaboration with PIs and Data Management and Communications, SECOORA will continue to manage and integrate observations and models for a suite ...