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									The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing
  Regional Association (SECOORA)




        Building a Regional Association Framework for the
 Coastal Ocean Observing System of the Southeastern United States

                       FL COOS CAUCUS Meeting
                            June 19, 2006
Discussion Outline

   Developing the “RA”
                  “RA”

   Organizing Process

   Recent Efforts

   Regional Applications

   Ongoing Issues


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Developing the Regional Association




       Partnership Building – A Work in Progress


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Overarching Goal – SECOORA
 Develop a functional and cost-effective governance
                            cost-effective
   and operational mechanism to ensure that COOS
   activities in the southeast are:
            Integrated and well-coordinated
                           well-coordinated
            Science-based
            Science-based
            Stakeholder-driven
            Stakeholder-driven
            Linked to national “backbone”
                                “backbone”
            Sustainable for the foreseeable future
            Represented through the NFRA


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SECOORA - Geographic Focus

 SE region is linked
 oceanographically
  and experiences
   similar forcing
  (winds and river
      runoff).                          Loop Current/
                                        Florida Current/
                                        Gulf Stream
     A merged
information system
 will help address
   scientific and
  societal issues.
                                                           Courtesy of SEACOOS

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      Observing Assets in the Southeast U.S.




    Federal
    Federal                         SEACOOS
                                    SEACOOS
     Assets
     Assets                          Assets
                                      Assets




Sub-
Sub-regional
Sub-regional                             HF
                                         HF
  Assets
  Assets                                Radar
                                        Radar

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SECOORA is working to link existing
observing system assets…
                 assets…
   SEACOOS and the sub-regional coastal ocean
                       sub-regional
   observing systems it represents
     e.g., SABSOON; COMP; PORTS
   Other existing sub-regional observation systems
                  sub-regional
     e.g., Caro-COOPS; CORMP
           Caro-COOPS;
   Near-coastal and estuarine monitoring and
   Near-coastal
   observing systems
     e.g., USGS water level stations; federal and state water
     quality monitoring programs; southeastern NERRS and
     National Marine Sanctuary monitoring efforts
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…with the needs of diverse users…
…with                      users…

   State and federal natural resource agencies
     Marine resources; coastal zone management; water
     quality; emergency preparedness; military; weather, etc.
   Public interest/user groups
     NGOs; municipal governments
   Private sector user groups
     Marine transportation; fishing; energy; utilities; sand
     and minerals; weather providers; emergency managers,
     etc.


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Regional Strategies & Prioritization
 Recommendations for National Backbone

 Identification of regional observing priorities and issues

 Linkages to existing regional and sub-regional systems
                                   sub-regional
    SEACOOS
    Other existing sub-regional observation systems (e.g., CORMP)
                    sub-regional observation
    Near-coastal and estuarine monitoring and observing systems
    Near-coastal                monitoring and observing systems
    State and federal agencies
    State and federal agencies
    Public interest/user groups
    Public interest/user groups
    Private sector user groups
    Private sector user groups




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Organizing Process




               Realizing a Vision

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SECOORA Formation
 Phase I (Years 1-2) Organizing Efforts
                1-2)
    Proposal submitted by SC Sea Grant with regional Program Team (NC,
                                 Grant with regional Program Team (NC,
    SC, GA, FL)
    SC, GA, FL)
    Funding at <$100K Annually - NOAA CSC
    Funding                     - NOAA CSC

 Year 1 Objectives (Oct 2003 Start):
    Broaden regional engagement of diverse academic/public/private
    sectors
    To form a provisional Regional Association with a signed charter to
                                               with a signed charter to
    carry the development of SECOORA forward

 Year 2 Objectives (Oct 2004 Start):
    Strengthen the partnership by further integration of existing COOS
                                    further integration of existing COOS
    elements and stakeholders in the southeast U.S.
    Initiate strategic and business planning


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SECOORA Formation
 Phase II (Years 3-5) Efforts
                 3-5)
    Proposal submitted by SC Sea Grant Consortium with regional
    Program Team (NC, SC, GA, FL)
                  (NC, SC, GA, FL)
    Proposed Funding ~$390K Annually - NOAA CSC
    Proposed Funding ~$390K Annually - NOAA CSC

 Year 3-5 Objectives (May 2005 Start):
      3-5
    Complete business planning
    Certification and formal recognition of SECOORA as a Regional
    Association
    Subregional Stakeholder Advisory Panels and a regional SECOORA
    Subregional Stakeholder                          regional SECOORA
    Stakeholder Council
    Strategies for providing user-defined products and applications
                             user-defined
    Regional DMAC Plan (compliant with the IOOS DMAC Plan)
    Regional DMAC Plan (compliant with the IOOS DMAC Plan)
    Ecosystem Data Partnership (modeled after the GoMOOS Ocean Data
    Ecosystem                                   the GoMOOS Ocean
    Partnership Initiative)
    Partnership Initiative)
    Pilot programs to integrate and enhance the ability of existing regional
    Pilot programs              and enhance the ability of existing regional
    (SEACOOS) and sub-regional coastal ocean observations programs
    (SEACOOS)          sub-regional

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SECOORA Interim Governance Structure
    Nature of Governance
      Open membership, Not for Profit
      Membership-driven
      Membership-driven
      Ensure diversity of members
      Cultivate political support
    Membership
      Direct (with tiers)
      Focus on Organizations
      Relevance criteria
      Fee/Dues-based
      Fee/Dues-based
      Advisory committees
    Governance “Steering Committee”
               “Steering Committee”

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SECOORA Steering Committee
   Otis Brown, University of Miami
   Peter Betzer, University of South Florida
   Judy Gray, AOML
   Bob Van Dolah, SCDNR, Marine Resources Division
   Jim Sanders, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
   Russ Lea, University of North Carolina System
   Harvey Seim, University of North Carolina – CH
   Evans Waddell, SAIC
   Carroll Hood, Raytheon
   Rick DeVoe, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

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Recent Efforts

   RCOOS Design Development

   Ocean Data Partnership

   Coastal Inundation/Storm Surge workshop



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RCOOS Design Development
  SECOORA Design Plan
    Prepared by SEACOOS Team members
    Incorporates all existing observing activities
    Preliminary RCOOS Design Plan developed
       Coastal stations
       Offshore assets
       HF radar
       Satellite remote sensing
       Profilers and gliders
       Ship transects
       Volunteer observing ships
       Surface drifters
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Ocean Data Partnership
   Purpose: to provide for access to and integration of
   continuously updated and archived scientific data for
   research and management in the Southeast Region
   May 11, 2006 - initial working group to discuss forming an
   Ocean Data Partnership
   Participants included representatives from: SECOORA,
   USGS, NOAA NCDDC, the SouthEast US Atlantic
   Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEACOOS), SC Sea
   Grant, COSEE-SE, and GoMOOS. Invitees also included
   representatives from: NOAA NDBC.
   A draft MOU under review
   July 14, 2006 – second meeting of the working group
   planned, with additional representation from FL Fish and
   Wildlife Conservation Commission/FWRI
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Coastal Inundation/Storm Surge Workshop
   Joint effort with GCOOS and NOAA CSC
   GOALS
      To identify, with priorities, measurements and products needed to
      better predict and mitigate effects of storm surge and inundation in
      the southeastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico,
      To suggest which of these measurements and products should be
      produced for the common good and public dissemination and
      which are better produced as niche products by the private sector,
      To suggest a few high priority pilot projects that might be
      undertaken soon to advance the development of the higher priority
      measurements and products, and
      To provide estimates of annual economic benefits of the identified
      measurements and products as feasible.
   Planned for early 2007
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Regional Applications

   Storm Surge Output Products

   Carolinas Coast

   Long Bay Hypoxic Event



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Storm Surge Output Products
  Computer driven models to predict and describe flooding dynamics of the
                                      and                                 the
  Carolinas’ coastal region during hurricanes, nor’easters, and extra-tropical
  Carolinas’                                   nor’easters, and extra-tropical
  cyclones. Thru Caro-COOPS
  cyclones. Thru Caro-COOPS
  Ultimate goal is development of real-time computer driven analyses of storm
  Ultimate goal is                 real-time           driven analyses of storm
  surge and flooding before, during, and after storm landfall.
  surge and flooding before, during, and after storm landfall.
  Models have been developed for Charleston Harbor, the Hilton Head, Myrtle
  Models have been developed for Charleston                    Head,
  Beach, and Wilmington areas.
  Beach, and Wilmington areas.

Caro-COOPS has a direct working relationship
Caro-COOPS has a direct working relationship
with the SC Emergency Management Division to
with the SC Emergency Management Division to
develop protocols for using storm surge model
develop protocols for using storm surge model
output and real time coastal ocean measurements
output and real time coastal ocean measurements
during hurricane events.
during hurricane events.




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Percent probability
inundation map
provided to
SCEMD in five
days advance of
Hurricane Charley
in 2004.




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              Now Caro-COOPS storm
                     Caro-COOPS
             surge predictions are being
               combined with a social
             vulnerability index to move
                 towards a combined
              assessment of risk. This
             work – still in early stages -
              - is in collaboration with
              Susan Cutter (USC) and
                       colleagues
                 (via a NSF USC and
                USoCal joint project).



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“Carolinas Coast” Program
“Carolinas Coast”
  SECOORA pilot project in collaboration with –
    Caro-COOPS
    Caro-COOPS
    CORMP
    SEACOOS (data management)
    Wilmington Weather Forecasting Office
  Aggregate near real-time observations from in-situ
                  real-time                  in-situ
  platforms, models, and remote sensing…
                                 sensing…
  Integrate these with NOAA NWS observations and
  products…
  products…
  Leverage outreach activities within both NOAA
  NWS and coastal ocean observing systems…
                                     systems…

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“Long Bay Hypoxia Study”
“Long             Study”
SECOORA is providing support for an application of
   IOOS to a subregional coastal management issue:
   Hypoxia event in Long Bay, SC (Myrtle Beach)

An interagency, interdisciplinary partnership was formed to
    improve understanding of the event:
   1.   Adding continuous observations in study area
   2.   Integrating data from multiple sources
                                       sources
   3.   Providing a website for coastal managers that links coastal ocean
                                                                    ocean
        observing systems with nearshore monitoring programs (in
        progress)



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Ongoing Challenges

  Federal guidance

  Stakeholder engagement

  Funding/political support



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Federal Guidance
   Federal expectations
      What will the RA certification criteria be?

   What is the “National Backbone”?
               “National Backbone”?
      What’s in; what’s out?
      What’s      what’s
      Role of RAs in influencing backbone decisions?
      Role of RAs in influencing backbone decisions?
      National backbone includes broader biological and coastal
      National backbone includes broader biological and coastal
      observations assets that are not yet discussed as high priorities at
      observations assets that are not yet discussed as high priorities at
      regional level
      regional level

   Who’s in charge?
   Who’s
      JSOST or SIMOR?
      Ocean.US?
      Ocean.US?
      NOAA?


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Stakeholder Engagement
    Wide variety of stakeholder/user groups
        Intermediate Users
        Intermediate Users
        End-users
        End-users
        Private Sector
        Private Sector
        Science
        Science

    Stakeholder priorities are diverse

    Focus still primarily on physical oceanography
                          on

    Sub-regional systems remain University-based
    Sub-regional                University-based

    Managing expectations


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Funding & Political Support
                   FY ’06 CJS Appropriation Conference results for NOAA funding of IOOS
                                             (in thousands of dollars)
                                                                  FY ’05   FY ‘06    FY ‘06
                                                                  Conf.    Senate     Conf
       NOAA NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE
       Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment:
       NOAA ICOOS                                                  7,500    15,000     7,500
       Coastal Observation Technology System                       2,177     2,177         0
       Coastal Ocean Research & Monitoring Program                 2,473     2,473         0
       NOAA/UNH Joint Ocean Observing Technology Center            4,000     4,000     2,000
       Alaska Ocean Observing System                               2,000     2,000     1,700
       Gulf of Maine Observing System (USM)                        1,900     2,000       500
       Long Island Sound Observing System                          1,000     1,000     1,000
       Central Gulf of Mexico Observing System                     2,000     2,000     2,000
       So Cal Coastal Ocean Observing System (Scripps)             1,500     1,500     1,500
       Alliance for Coastal Technologies                           2,500     3,000     3,000
       Center for Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis           2,500     2,500     2,500
       UNCW Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring                  2,473     2,473       500
       Wallops Ocean Observation Project                           2,000     2,000     2,000
       Coastal Ocean Monitoring Network for West Florida             750       750         0
       Oregon Ocean Observing                                          0     2,000       500
       Center for Integrated Marine Technology                         0         0     2,050
       CARO-COOPs                                                  2,500         0     2,050
       SURA Coastal Ocean Observing System                             0     2,500     2,500
               Subtotal, Integrated Ocean Observing System        37,273    47,400    31,300




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 Challenges to Success…
               Success…
  Perceived Value of Regional COOS –
  …as expressed through the interest and desire of the academic, governmental,
  …as expressed through the interest and desire                  governmental,
  and public and private sectors to invest time and resources

  Establishment of Functional Partnerships (and Trust) –
                                                Trust)
  …among federal, state and local governments, academia, and the public and
  …among                          governments, academia, and the public and
  private sectors

  Successful Linkages among Sub-regional Systems –
                            Sub-regional
  …to allow for the generation and development of regional data products and
  …to                                               regional data products and
  information that address real-world issues and needs
                           real-world issues
Stable Source of Funding –
  …which will require (a) a major change in how COOS funding is appropriated
  …which                    major change in how COOS funding is appropriated
  and (b) matching funds from regional, state, public and private sources
          matching funds from regional,




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Contact Information

 Susannah Sheldon, SECOORA Program
   Coordinator, Susannah.Sheldon@scseagrant.org

 Parker Lumpkin, SEACOOS/SECOORA Special
   Projects Manager,
   Parker.Lumpkin@scseagrant.org

     113 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
                 (843) 727-6497
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   The Southeast Coastal Ocean
 Observations Regional Association
           (SECOORA)




       Building a Regional Association Framework for the
Coastal Ocean Observing System of the Southeastern United States

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