SECOORA is certified by NOAA as a Regional Information Coordination Entity. Certification confirms SECOORA meets the gold standard for data and provides a regional structure for ​​promoting coordination and collaboration.

The data served by SECOORA are of the same high quality as those served by the federal government. Certification ensures that data are consistent and reliable.

Data served through SECOORA are quality-checked and archived with NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information for long-term storage and access.

The regional structure promotes  coordination and collaboration at the regional level, and ensures stable and long-lasting organizations.

Data products address the specific needs of regional users while conforming to national standards and requirements.

Five Benefits of Certification

Why does certification matter? Here are 5 key certification benefits:


Trusted Data

Ensures that users are provided with trustworthy and high-quality data.


Efficient Coordination

Enhances the efficiency of interagency coordination



Access to Quality Data

Provides access to quality non-federal data on a regional or hyper-local level.


Researcher Support

Meets data management requirements of publicly-funded grants.



Publication of all data management practices to allow stakeholders to understand how data is collected, maintained, and utilized.

Opening Doors for Collaborations

Certification opens doors for greater collaborations. SECOORA’s data management expertise and capacity provides a solid foundation to support member and stakeholder efforts – private, local, state or federal – to develop products and services for decision makers.

We can help ensure your data meets federal data sharing and archiving requirements, enabling the broadest impact from data collection.

Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the Southeast US.