SECOORA Webinar Series

As part of SECOORA’s ten-year anniversary, we will be highlighting coastal ocean observing in the Southeast! SECOORA members, principal investigators, technology experts and more will be featured every month on the webinar series.

Monthly, usually every 4th Tuesday at 12 PM ET, invited speakers will discuss ocean observing topics.Each webinar will be 60-minutes and recorded and archived for future viewing.

Below are the dates*:

  • February 28 – Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
  • March 21 - Kyle Wilcox, Axiom Data Science
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 22 - Dr. Ruoying He, North Carolina State University 
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28
  • December 19

Join the community coastal ocean observing conversation!

*Please note, dates are subject to change based on speaker availability.


Upcoming Webinars

Title: SECOORA Data Portal | Flyer PDF

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 12 PM ET

Speaker: Kyle Wilcox, Axiom Data Science

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Abstract: SECOORA's data management and communications (DMAC) system implements the U.S. IOOS recommended standards-based web services that promote interoperability, discovery, efficient data aggregation, access, sharing, visualization, and use of coastal ocean data (physical, chemical, biological and geological). The SECOORA Data Portal has over 4,000 datasets that are accessible. Use the to tool explore, download and visualize ocean and coastal data and models in the Southeastern U.S.

The SECOORA 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.

About the Presenter:  Kyle Wilcox has over a decade of experience working in the ocean and environmental sciences, where he specializes in the discoverabiliy, accessibility, management, and analysis of data. After earning a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2006, he went to work for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD, managing huge collections of modeled and observed data. Kyle lead the software development team at Applied Science Associates from 2009 to 2013 before joining Axiom Data Science in November of 2013. At home, his wife and three kids manage his always growing to-do list.


Archived Webinars

Title: Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET

Speaker: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science

Abstract: The coastal ocean, defined as the continental shelf and the estuaries, is where society meets the sea.  It is where bathing and boating abound, where major recreational and commercial fisheries are situated along with maritime commerce hubs, where harmful algal blooms occur, fossil fuels are tapped and alternative energy sources are considered for exploitation, and where tourists and residents simply go to relax.  In essence, the coastal ocean is the epicenter for maritime ecosystems services.  Managing all of these coastal ocean utilizations, some competitive with one another, and planning for future, sustainable uses, requires the ability to describe the state of the coastal ocean and to predict the effects that may ensue from either naturally occurring or human-induced influences.  The state of the coastal ocean is largely determined by the ocean circulation.  The circulation is what unites nutrients with light, fueling primary productivity, what determines the water properties in which fish and other organisms reside and what controls the movement of larvae between spawning and settlement regions.  The circulation also determines the movement of harmful substances spilled into the sea and the conduct of search and rescue operations.  Applications for red tide, gag grouper recruitment and the transport of Deepwater Horizon oil to northern Gulf of Mexico beaches will be discussed.