February 21, 2017
This workshop to be hosted March 28 and 29, 2017 in Tampa, FL is one in a series of regional meetings and workshops that the U.S. ATN is holding to identify priorities for regional telemetry observations of aquatic species (including pinnipeds, sharks, whales, fishes, turtles, and seabirds) that could be served by an ATN baseline network and to examine whether the type and extent of existing telemetry assets could adequately satisfy these requirements.
January 27, 2017
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
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 ...