Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA): Coordinated Monitoring, Prediction and Assessment to Support Decision-Makers Needs for Coastal and Ocean Data and Tools
Lead PI: Debra Hernandez, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
Start Year: 2011 | Duration: 5 Years
Partners: Kennesaw State University, Skidaway Institution of Oceanography, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Florida Institute of Oceanography, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of Miami, South Atlantic Fishers Management Council, Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Services, Inc., COSEE-SE & Georgia-Tech Savannah
The proposed effort will integrate and augment existing observational, modeling, data management and education assets in the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) domain to provide lasting benefits to communities and natural resources that make the SE unique. This effort will provide positive impacts for a broad range of constituents, including federal, regional, state, and local interests.
The use of a Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) in the service of societal goals requires an optimal combination of observational, modeling, data management, and education and outreach (E&O) assets to enable characterization, prediction, and assessment of the marine environment as well as the formulation of scientifically-founded, economically-beneficial, and environmentally-sensitive responses to issues, concerns and opportunities. Fisheries, coastal development and erosion, storms and coastal hazards, and water quality are all critical concerns that require informed management policy and strong science.