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NCEI Scientists Contribute to Gulf Collaboration

Courtesy of Barbara Ambrose, NOAA NCEI

For over 10 years, NCEI scientists have participated in a broad partnership to identify and address regional issues in the Gulf of Mexico such as increasing data access, enhancing coastal communities, and restoring habitats.

As a founding member, NOAA participates in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-governmental organizations. Founded in 2006, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration. The Alliance allows partners to collaborate in ways that a single entity cannot.

Gulf Alliance Mirrors NOAA Priorities

NOAA continues to be a committed federal partner alongside eleven other federal agencies that constitute a working group. The Alliance’s priorities align with NOAA’s mission, goals, and objectives. Staff from NCEI serve on all six Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Teams:

  • Coastal Resilience
  • Data and Monitoring
  • Education and Engagement
  • Habitat Resources
  • Water Resources Teams
  • Wildlife and Fisheries

These multi-state, cross-disciplinary teams work together to develop specific actions to address priority issues, maximizing the impact of funding whenever possible. The Alliance issued a report outlining the progress between 2004 and 2014 on initiatives and partnerships.

Gulf Alliance All Hands Meeting

On March 29–31, 2017, NCEI scientists and partners will gather in Houston for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2017 All Hands Meeting. Participants will meet in working sessions across all the Gulf of Mexico Alliance teams and initiatives to make progress on prioritized objectives from the Governors' Action Plan III, which was endorsed in 2016 by the governors of all five Gulf States.

The conference gives NCEI a chance to show useful scientific tools to its Gulf Alliance partners. The Alliance will hold a Tool’s Café for participants, and NCEI will demonstrate data discovery and access tools for water column sonar, single and multibeam bathymetry, and digital elevation models (DEMs).