For over a decade, 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. NCEI staff collaborate on 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. NCEI and other NOAA staff 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 develop specific actions to address priority issues, maximizing the impact of funding. The priority issue teams meet once a year at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands meeting to review progress and set priorities for the next twelve months. The Alliance issued a report outlining the progress between 2004 and 2014 on initiatives and partnerships.