OOMG hosted the three-day annual meeting of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) in May 2016. Over 60 attendees, representing federal and state agencies, academia, industry/private sector, and the public, discussed SECOORA board business, big data, ecological interactions in the southeast U.S., and opportunities for collaboration. Board members Mitch Roffer, Rick DeVoe, Lisa Adams, Quinton White, and Michael Crosby were elected. Plans were made to establish a student fellowship, design targeted member benefits packages for different user groups, develop a new RCOOS plan, and consider hosting a panel on Understanding Ecological Interactions in the Gulf of Mexico. SECOORA’s data portal update was presented.
SECOORA is one of the 11 national Regional Associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is an inter-agency cooperative collecting data for rapid detection and timely prediction of changes in our nation’s ocean and coastal waters.
For more details, see SECOORA’s post.