The SECOORA footprint spans the eastern side of Gulf of Mexico to South Atlantic Bight and is connected by the Loop Current-Florida Current-Gulf Stream continuum.

SECOORA – Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association – is the coastal ocean observing system for the Southeast U.S.

Our mission is to observe, understand, and increase awareness of our coastal ocean; promoting knowledge, economic and environmental health through strong regional partnerships.

Guided by our members, users, regional ocean experts, managers, and other stakeholders, we collect data and create tools that support human populations, coastal economies and a healthy, sustainable environment. Our observing system is comprised of multiple data products, moored and coastal stations, high-frequency radars, and a glider observatory.

SECOORA is one of 11 regional coastal observing systems that comprise the NOAA led United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS®). IOOS is essentially the weather service for the coastal oceans and Great Lakes, providing the ability to “see” what is happening both above and below the surface and making that information readily available. IOOS includes 17 Federal agencies and a national network of 11 regional observing systems.


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Strategic Plan

Developed by the Board in 2015, the SECOORA Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 will guides our tasks for the next 4 years. Read more >

Connecting Stakeholders to Data

SECOORA supports projects that are important to stakeholders in the southeast. We talk to our users and produce oceanographic observations, models, web tools, applications, and products based on their needs. Each project SECOORA supports is linked to our focus areas:


Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the southeast. From North Carolina to Florida, universities, state and local agencies, volunteer groups, businesses, and more join SECOORA to set our regional coastal ocean observing priorities. Learn more >


The role of the Board of Directors is to guide overall policy direction for the SECOORA enterprise, ensure staffing of Policy Committees, elect SECOORA officers, maintain a high quality of Board performance, review SECOORA finances, and report Board activities to the general membership. Learn more >