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*:

Join the community coastal ocean observing conversation!

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

Upcoming Webinars

Web Camera Applications Testbed (WebCAT) Project Webinar

Date: Tuesday – November 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Debra Hernandez, SECOORA; Mark Willis, Surfline; Joseph Long, USGS

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Web cameras are transforming how environmental monitoring is conducted. Video data is being used for applications related to transportation and commerce, preparedness and risk reduction, and stewardship of coastal resources.

The NOS Web Camera Applications Testbed (WebCAT) is a one year project that is installing web cameras in five locations for various purposes – counting right whales, spotting rip currents, validating wave run up models, understanding human use of natural resources and more.  This unique project is a public-private partnership leveraging the expertise and capabilities of private, nonprofit and public sectors.

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 Archived Webinars


SECOORA Marine Weather Portal

 Jennifer Dorton (SECOORA) and Charlton Galvarino (Second Creek Consulting, LLC)

Recorded: October 24, 2017

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) members have worked together since 2007 to develop and continuously improve the Marine Weather Portal (MWP).  The MWP aggregates data provided by the NOAA National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service (NWS), National Estuarine Research Reserves, IOOS Regional Associations, and other sources into a map-based product specifically developed for the marine community.

The MWP was developed by meteorologists, web designers, data managers, and outreach personnel with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of South Carolina, Second Creek Consulting LLC, and NWS offices in coastal states across the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico.  The MWP is currently used to disseminate standardized, consolidated marine information for the SECOORA and Gulf of Mexico Ocean Observing System regions. Explore the portal: http://mwp.secoora.org.

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A year and A Hurricane Apart: Nutrient Loading in the St. Lucie Estuary in the Summers of 2016 and 2017

Dr. Ian Walsh, Director of Science and Senior Oceanographer, Sea-Bird Scientific
Recorded: October 3, 2017

The recent history St. Lucie Estuary has included a devastating harmful algal bloom crisis in 2016 and the passage of Hurricane Irma in 2017. SECOORA member Florida Atlantic University broadcasts real time data from the estuary through the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors (IRLON). The IRLON network includes nutrient and biogeochemical sensors that provide data on the response of the base of the food chain to the mixing and flows of water in the estuary. This presentation will provide a perspective on how the sources of nutrients and high flow events change the environment in the estuary.

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Predicting Marine Physical-Biogeochemical Variability in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern U.S. Shelf Seas

Dr. Ruoying He, Distinguished Professor of North Carolina State University
Recorded September 6, 2017 

An integrated marine environment prediction system is developed and used to investigate marine physical-biogeochemical variability in the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern U.S. shelf seas. Such variability stem from variations in the shelf circulation, boundary current dynamics, impacts of severe weather forcing, as well as growing population and associated land use practices on transport of carbon and nutrients within terrestrial systems and their delivery to the coastal ocean. We will report our efforts in evaluating the performance of the coupled modeling system via extensive model and data comparisons, as well as findings from a suite of case studies.

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SECOORA Data Portal

Kyle Wilcox, Axiom Data Science

Tuesday, March 21, 12 PM ET

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.

Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern

Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Recorded Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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.