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May 3, 2018

SECOORA Public Forum – Extreme Events, the Blue Economy, and Ocean Observations

How do resiliency efforts reduce risks and what ocean data supports those efforts? Join us for a discussion in Charleston, SC on how extreme events impact the blue economy – including businesses, communities and marine life.



Wednesday – May 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM


Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston / Historic District
560 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403


Click here to register. Light refreshments will be provided.

More Information on the Public Forum

The devastating impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are still making headlines and the start of the 2018 hurricane season is only a few weeks away. Storm systems, from hurricanes to winter storms, impact the health and safety of the community. These events also negatively impact our state and local economy – road closures, reduced tourism, and environmental clean up efforts are costly.

SECOORA is hosting a public forum on May 23 to engage the community on the impact of these extreme weather events and efforts to reduce their negative impacts. This forum will include:

  • Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg,
  • Sarah Pickhardt from South Carolina Emergency Management,
  • Omar Muhammad from the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, and
  • Kelly Thorvalson from the South Carolina Aquarium.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will open the forum with a few remarks on the city’s resiliency efforts. The three panelists will address the impacts of extreme weather events on businesses, the local community, and even marine life. They will also touch on what ocean data is needed to improved decision-making. The SECOORA hosted public form will be held at 6:30 PM on May 23 at the Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston / Historic District, 560 King Street, Charleston, SC. This is a free event and is open to the public. Please register with this link.


The public forum is part of the three day SECOORA Annual Meeting.