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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.

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"