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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 ...

June 15, 2016

2016 Annual Meeting

We thank everyone who attended the SECOORA 2016 Annual Meeting at North Carolina State University! The three-day meeting focused on identifying opportunities for collaborations and highlighting SECOORA accomplishments. The conversation focused on big data and ecological interactions in the southeast (jump to meeting presentations).Thank you to Ruoying He and Jennifer Warrilow for hosting the meeting at North Carolina State University. Major Outcomes Over 60 participants worked together to identify ways to take the productive step toward strengthening SECOORA. We are energized to work with volunteers to complete the below:Elect New Board MembersMitch Roffer (Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc.): Industry/Private Sector SeatRick DeVoe (SC Sea Grant Consortium): Public Agencies/ Non-Profit/ Other Sector SeatLisa Adams (Kennesaw State University): At Large Seat- GA SeatQuinton White (Jacksonville University): At Large Seat- FL SeatMichael Crosby (Mote): Sustaining Member SeatDesign targeted member benefit packages for different user groupsEstablish a SECOORA student fellowship with the assistance of an Ad Hoc CommitteeForm an Ad-Hoc Committee to help plan a fundraising campaign in conjunction with the a the SECOORA 10-Year Anniversary celebrationDevelop a new RCOOS Plan with the assistance of experts in the our regionUpdate the SECOORA Data Portal based on feedbackConsider hosting a panel on Understanding Ecological Interactions in ...

June 15, 2016

2016 Annual Meeting

We thank everyone who attended the SECOORA 2016 Annual Meeting at North Carolina State University! The three-day meeting focused on identifying opportunities for collaborations and highlighting SECOORA accomplishments. The conversation focused on big data and ecological interactions in the southeast (jump to meeting presentations).Thank you to Ruoying He and Jennifer Warrilow for hosting the meeting at North Carolina State University. Major Outcomes Over 60 participants worked together to identify ways to take the productive step toward strengthening SECOORA. Below are the major outcomes from the meeting. We are energized to work with volunteers to complete the tasks listed.Elect New Board MembersMitch Roffer (Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc.): Industry/Private Sector SeatRick DeVoe (SC Sea Grant Consortium): Public Agencies/ Non-Profit/ Other Sector SeatLisa Adams (Kennesaw State University): At Large Seat- GA SeatQuinton White (Jacksonville University): At Large Seat- FL SeatMichael Crosby (Mote): Sustaining Member SeatDesign targeted member benefit packages for different user groupsEstablish a SECOORA student fellowship with the assistance of an Ad Hoc CommitteeForm an Ad-Hoc Committee to help plan a fundraising campaign in conjunction with the a the SECOORA 10-Year Anniversary celebrationDevelop a new RCOOS Plan with the assistance of experts in the our regionUpdate the SECOORA Data Portal ...

June 6, 2016

SECOORA Assets Capturing Tropical Storm Colin in the Gulf

A couple of days after the official start of hurricane season, Tropical Storm Colin formed in the Atlantic Basin. Colin became a named storm on June 5 and is the third earliest tropical storm to form on record in the Atlantic Basin- according to the NWS National Hurricane Center.2016 Hurricane Season PredictionHurricane season started on June 1, 2016, but those who live in the southeast experienced a few pre-season storms. Hurricane Alex formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean January 2016. Tropical Storm Bonnie drenched the Carolinas during Memorial Day weekend.NOAA predicts a near-normal season with 10-16 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes. NOAA stated this season is particularly difficult to forecast due to the uncertainty of climate factors. El Niño is dissipating and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 70 percent chance that La Niña — which favors more hurricane activity — will be present during the peak months of hurricane season, August through October. NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August.Tropical Storm ColinTropical Storm Colin continues to move north-northeast through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to approach the Florida Big Bend region this evening.  Dr. Nick Shay from UM ...

May 19, 2016

New SECOORA Data Portal

SECOORA is proud to unveil our new Data Portal! Use the tool to explore, download and visualize ocean and coastal data in the Southeast US.portal.secoora.orgThe data catalog contains searchable, downloadable data from all SECOORA-funded observational and modeling assets that include coastal and offshore stations (atmospheric and oceanographic data), IOOS Priority High Frequency Radar Stations, regional and sub-regional coastal circulation, water quality and fisheries habitat models. The catalog also aggregates data from federal and non-federal real-time and non-real time coastal ocean datasets (in-situ, gliders, profilers, drifters, satellite and models) in the SECOORA region.Stay tuned for a cookbook of how to contribute data and a detailed tutorial. For now, please view this webinar to learn more or contact vembu@secoora.org.Please “pardon our dust” as we transition to the new portal.

May 19, 2016

New Data Portal!

portal.secoora.orgSECOORA is proud to unveil our new Data Portal! Use the tool to explore, download and visualize ocean and coastal data in the Southeast US.The data catalog contains searchable, downloadable data from all SECOORA-funded observational and modeling assets that include coastal and offshore stations (atmospheric and oceanographic data), IOOS Priority High Frequency Radar Stations, regional and sub-regional coastal circulation, water quality and fisheries habitat models. The catalog also aggregates data from federal and non-federal real-time and non-real time coastal ocean datasets (in-situ, gliders, profilers, drifters, satellite and models) in the SECOORA region.Stay tuned for a cookbook of how to contribute data and a detailed tutorial. For now, please view this webinar to learn more or contact vembu@secoora.org.Please “pardon our dust” as we transition to the new portal.

April 21, 2016

Past Intern Accepted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Michael Kovatch, a SECOORA/University of South Florida intern, was accepted by UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study his PhD in Physical Oceanography.Under the mentorship of Jay Law of USF, Michael spent the 2015 summer taking a behind the scenes look at all the work that goes into coastal ocean monitoring- specifically when it comes to buoys.Prior to the internship Michael had never heard of physical oceanography and knew very little about marine science in general. He spent his time at USF planning a research cruise, preparing sensors and moorings for deployment, and acting as chief scientist during a research cruise onboard the R/V Weatherbird II.  Thank you to US IOOS Office for providing ship time support.  "I genuinely believe that my internship with SECOORA and USF opened a door to a world I had never experienced before: seeing real world applications of physical oceanography and the exposure to hands-on field work are undoubtedly the inspiration for my decision to pursue a Ph.D."– Michael Kovatch, State University of New York at GeneseoCongratulations Michael! Below are photos from the internship.Pictured Above:  Michael Kovatch and team working on the buoy out on the water. Image credit: Angela Simone, SUNY Geneseo Pictured ...