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

Effective coordination of comprehensive southeastern United States' coastal ocean observing program development and evaluation is a role that the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is growing into. Integration strategies for the wide spectrum of current and potential stakeholders and the existing legacy assets base (including personnel, educational initiatives, research efforts, data analysis and management centers, and observation systems and platforms) are being developed. Coastal ocean observing system-derived information and data has many indirect and direct applications, with coastal natural hazard-related issues particularly relevant to the southeastern United States. Over the next several decades, regional coastal population growth and projected storm frequency and intensity increases will increase natural hazard event risks to natural resources, property, and life. All levels of government response were tested by the unprecedented damage and human despair during the 2005 hurricane season, and reveal that the United States' preparedness level for responding to and dealing with disasters of this magnitude leaves unanswered questions. Collaborative efforts among the sub-regional observing systems in the southeastern United States and their data management and numerical modeling capabilities can initiate and address coastal inundation mitigation and forecasting efforts, with a regional planning and coordination mechanism provided by SECOORA.


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  • Accession Number: 01047302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2007 2:54PM