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January 27, 2017

In Honor of our Friend Vembu Subramanian

Vembu Subramanian Friend, Colleague, Mentor, Social Chairman Deputy Director, RCOOS and DMAC Operations, SECOORA We lost a vital member of the SECOORA family this week.  Vembu’s impact and influence on us all will be sorely missed, and our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his wife Hamsa, his parents and the rest of their family. Vembu was part of SECOORA before we officially became SECOORA.  In 2000, he started work at the University of South Florida (USF), one of SECOORA’s founding members, as a research associate and data manager.  Through that position, Vembu participated in the Southeast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System, SECOORA’s predecessor.  SECOORA incorporated in 2007, and Vembu was snatched away from USF to become a SECOORA employee in 2011, where he continued to support, encourage, entertain, and befriend all who wandered into his reach. While hired for his technical skill, Vembu’s true strength was his interpersonal skill, as reflected by his unofficial job title - Social Chairman.  If you had the chance to meet him, you will have been touched by his sincerity, laughter and genuine kindness. And if you were lucky - you may have even been “vemboozled,” a term his many friends used to describe his irresistible way of getting you ...

December 15, 2016


Today and tomorrow, Vembu Subramanian of SECOORA will be attending the Florida Acoustic Cooperative Telemetry (FACT) 2016 Fall Workshop. He will be giving the attendees a demo on how to use the SECOORA Data Portal that includes tutorials on how to search, visualize and download oceanographic data.Click here to see the agenda. 

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.

August 31, 2016

Tropical Storm Hermine and Tropical Depression Eight Passing Over SECOORA Assets

Tropical Depression Eight and Tropical Storm Hermine are dousing the SECOORA region.Tropical Depression EightTropical Depression Eight is moving slowly away from the North Carolina coastline. According to the National Hurricane Center it is centered about 75 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras.SECOORA and US IOOS support marine weather buoys off of the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. The weather sensors on the buoys captured the data of Tropical Depression Eight in real time.Pictured above is 1 week data plot from buoy ILM3. Monday August 29 and Tuesday August 30 is when the storm passed over the University of North Carolina Wilmington Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program buoys. Contact Lynn Leonard, UNCW, for more information. Or visit the CORMP page to explore more data.   For warnings and briefings visit the NWS Wilmington NC website.Tropical Storm Hermine Wednesday August 31, Tropical Depression Nine was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine (pronounced “her MEEN”). According to the NWS Tampa Bay Weather Forecast Office, the storm is forecast to gradually strengthen as it lifts northward then northeast, eventually making landfall across the eastern Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region on Thursday. The system is forecast to slowly intensify over the next ...

August 26, 2016

Meet the 2016 – 2017 Executive Committee

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Executive Committee! We are honored to be working with this talented group of individuals. SECOORA Executive Committee plays an important role in sustaining our success. If you are interested in becoming a SECOORA member, please visit: White, ChairmanA. Quinton White, Jr., Ph.D., is Executive Director, Marine Science Research Institute and Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University. The Marine Science Research Institute building opened in 2010 and is the first LEED certified Gold building on the JU campus. Dr. White joined the faculty at Jacksonville University in 1976, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research.  Dr. White has written numerous research and technical papers or reports and received grants and contracts to support marine research at JU.  Currently he is conducting research on the history of human impact on the Florida environment and especially on the St. Johns River with a focus on manatees and water quality issues. Dr. White has been active in the Jacksonville community and writes a monthly column in the Florida Times-Union called “River Life”. He is President-elect of the Southern Association of Marine Labs.  Recent ...