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Gulf Science and Education

Gulf of Mexico science and education news (e.g., publications, discoveries, programs).

The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct a Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The resulting report assesses the relative vulnerability of various coastal habitats and species to impacts from expected climate changes, sea-level rise and coastal development. Intended purpose of the study include to inform collaborative regional conservation and adaptation efforts by identifying vulnerable species and ecosystems, the most common threats to species and ecosystems, and related research gaps.

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) will host a webinar on Feb 16 at 4-5:30 pm ET. Registration requested, entitled "The Border Wall: Environmental Law and Policy." Experts will discuss how environmental law and policy may interact with the border wall Executive Order.

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Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program announces two new offerings:

1) "Frequently asked questions: Oil edition" publication details the ins and outs of petroleum-- where it originates, what it’s made of, and how scientists track it in the environment.

2) "Exploring the intersection between oil spill science and response" free public seminar on February 6th, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central) during the Gulf Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference in New Orleans, join in-person (Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA, Bolden 6 room) or remotely through your computer and phone. This workshop will allow local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders to clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships. Scientists will share peer-reviewed research results that can be applied to response and responders will share response priorities. Questions about the workshop- contact Monica Wilson, UF/IFAS Sea Grant, via email or at (727) 553-3516.

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In 2013, over 12% of 3000 oil platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico were decommissioned and targeted for removal or reef creation (BSEE 2016); 100-300 are decommissioned each year! The ATLONTIS Project is an alliance of public and private organizations considering the use and re-purposing of decommissioned oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico for scientific research and monitoring. The new science base may be located in the northern Gulf Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease areas out to 1000 meters of water depth. We ask for your assistance in assessing interest and potential applications for conversion and operation of an OCS oil/gas platform for support for scientific research and environmental monitoring. 
 
Thank you for your attention and response to our short survey.
 
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WE NEED YOUR HELP-- PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SHORT SURVEY to identify environmental monitoring programs or projects supported by academia or NGOs that may have been missed in the Ocean Conservancy's Charting the Gulf inventory of monitoring programs; this is an important regional effort to inform and improve DWH spill restoration efforts. If the survey does not apply to you, please share this news item with others. We need responses by end of November! Thanks.

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