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Regional Coastal IOOS Development in the Southeastern United States: Emerging Capabilities to Address Coastal Natural Hazards

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The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is maturing into an organization that can effectively coordinate the development and evolution of a comprehensive coastal ocean observing program for the Southeast U.S. Strategies are being developed to productively integrate the existing base of legacy assets (including observation systems and platforms, data analysis and management centers, research efforts, educational initiatives, and personnel) and the wide spectrum of current and potential stakeholders.

There are many direct and indirect applications of the data and information derived from coastal ocean observing systems, and the issues related to coastal natural hazards are of particular interest in the southeastern U.S. Risks to life, property, and natural resources from natural hazard events will increase due to the projected increase in storm frequency and intensity and growth of the region's coastal population over the next several decades. Unprecedented hurricane damage and human despair that resulted from the 2005 hurricane season has tested government response at all levels, revealing unanswered questions regarding the level of our preparedness to deal with and respond to disasters of this magnitude. SECOORA provides a regional coordination and planning mechanism by which coastal inundation forecasting and mitigation efforts can be initiated and addressed through collaborative efforts in the Southeast U.S. among its sub-regional observing systems and their numerical modeling and data management capabilities.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-12-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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