September 8, 2021
Coastal and Ocean Observing in the Southeast: Old and new technologies and techniques to meet community information needs
Debra Hernandez, Executive Director, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)
Join us for the live stream September 8, 11:45am EST: youtu.be/MCrD9uDsOjc.
The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is one of 11 Regional Associations that partner with the NOAA led Integrated Ocean Observing System, U.S. IOOS®, to provide data and information about marine life, weather, and oceanographic conditions in U.S. coastal waters. SECOORA works with its partners to operate a coastal ocean observing system for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Employing a variety of novel and traditional ocean observing technologies, SECOORA gathers data into a federally approved cyberinfrastructure that both enables speedy and reliable data access as well as supports user driven products. Application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to video and acoustic datasets are supporting community needs for marine life and biodiversity information and transforming data into useable, cost effective management tools. This seminar will highlight the technologies and techniques used by the SECOORA team to support the blue economy, conserve marine life, and protect mariners and coastal communities.
Debra Hernandez currently serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). SECOORA is one of eleven regional partners in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, and is a nonprofit operating in the states of NC, SC, GA and FL. SECOORA’s mission is to catalyze and integrate the efforts of multiple observing interests to deliver user defined products that save lives, conserve the marine environment and support the economy of our coastal regions. Debra is a civil engineer wit in coastal and ocean engineering, management and policy. She served on the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, currently serves on the SC Sea Grant Consortium Program Advisory Board and is Chair of the IOOS Association. She graduated from Clemson University and is a native of Charleston, SC, living in Mt. Pleasant with her son John.