SECOORA received $4.15 million in federal funding to monitor and interpret changes in coastal weather, sea-levels, and water quality in the Southeast U.S. This funding cycle marks the 5th year of a 5-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).
It is with a heavy heart we report George August Maul, a leader in oceanography and SECOORA, passed away Wednesday, September 16.Dr. Maul was instrumental to the success of SECOORA. As a founding member, he brought not only expertise but an unfailingly kind and respectful demeanor. He helped lead SECOORA to where we are today – serving on our Board for a total of 12 years. During that time, he served as SECOORA chair, Treasurer and in other leadership roles.
SECOORA is proud to announce the winner of our curriculum request for proposals; Katy Smith from the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The project, Water Shapes Our Planet and Our Lives, will construct a comprehensive fourth grade, virtual-learning science unit on the water cycle, weather, climate and natural processes that shape the Earth’s coasts and communities.
“Navocean is excited to join SECOORA and work with them to get our data into the hands of researchers and stakeholders. We are also looking forward to working with SECOORA and our regional science and research partners to ensure Quality Control / Quality Assurances on our data.” – Scott Duncan, Founder and President of Navocean
SECOORA was recently awarded a $1.1 million grant to launch a sustained network of low-cost webcams throughout the Southeast, which will build off of the successful pilot project, the Web Camera Applications Testbed. To accomplish this, standardized data processing and management methodology will be established to provide stakeholders actionable information from webcam video.
Join SECOORA for webinar on August 25 at 12 PM ET. Dr. Robert Weisberg from University of South Florida College of Marine Science will discuss how a special “Pressure Point” region impacts the West Florida Shelf, affecting both its fisheries ecology and harmful algal blooms and, in turn, how the WFS impacts the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current’s ability to penetrate into the Gulf of Mexico.
Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Monday night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. It raced up East coast, eventually dissipating in Canada. SECOORA’s team members were prepared for Isaias and collected data as Isaias traveled though the Southeast region.
Congratulations to Jonathan Rodemann from Florida International University for being awarded the SECOORA and the FACT Network fisheries research grant. The project will evaluate how habitat disturbances are affecting recreationally important fish species communities in north central Florida Bay.
Join SECOORA on July 28 at Noon ET for a webinar led by a team from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. The team will present mapping products that pair in situ towed video imagery with sonar bathymetric data to define habitat types and calculate the relative and absolute densities of biota. These mapping products have considerable utility in defining essential fish and protected species habitats, for locating and assessing potential marine protected areas, and for identifying areas that should be excluded for consideration from offshore development activities.