North Carolina State University in Raleigh North Carolina played host to the SECOORA board, business, and stakeholder meeting on May 18. Dr. Ray Fornes, Associate Dean for Research, NCSU College of Sciences welcomed us, stating that NCSU is focused with working with the broader community. “We are proud of our background and pleased to host SECOORA meeting,” said Dr. Fornes.
It is always great to attend the Regional meetings to see the progress from year to year. A hearty congratulations to SECOORA for the following accomplishments:
- Facilitating the establishment of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) and supporting the SOCAN Webinar Series on Ocean Acidification
- Resilience Grant – Successfully competed for one of NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Award
- Buoy for a Cause: SECOORA and University of North Carolina Wilmington crowdfunded the additional $16,000 needed to replace decommissioned NDBC buoy 41036, in Onslow Bay, NC
- Climate Workshop with National Marine Fishers Service
- HFR Surface Currents in AWIPS (Thanks, SECOORA, for driving this!)
- Interns – Two NOAA Hollings Program Undergraduate Interns working with SECOORA partner University of South Florida this summer
SECOORA spent the first morning developing their strategic plan and, throughout the remainder of the meetings, sought support for their outreach and engagement activities. SECOORA developed core values and will work with the community to refine those going forward.
The meeting was a combination of presentations, panels and demonstrations. Congratulations to SECOORA on their new data portal that was released during the meeting! It allows users to explore, download and visualize ocean and coastal data in the Southeast US. I had the chance to address SECOORA, (download my presentation here), and Josie Quintrell, Executive Director, IOOS Association, presented the Gaps Campaign which has resulted in a $2 million dollar increase in the Senate and House FY17 budget marks.
The goal of the panels was to explore new partnerships within the region with talks by a number of Federal agencies, Industry, NGOs, and academic partners including: NOAA; BOEM; Department of Interior; Renaissance Computing Institute, UNC; Pew Trust Foundation; Duke University; Shell Oil; Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc; and Water Resource Research Institute of UNC.
Finally, it was time to bid a fond farewell to SECOORA board members who had reached their limit of serving per the organizations's bylaws. Nick Shay, Roger Pugliese and Conrad Lautenbacher have been strong supporters and hardworking members so it was bittersweet for Debra Hernandez to say goodbye.