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Do you need disaster assistance?

GOMURC consortia stand ready to assist marine labs hit by the recent hurricanes by connecting with other universities in the region. Consortia contacts are at http://gomurc.fio.usf.edu/index.php/about-us/organization

Government assistance:

Other resources that may help:

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science 2018 conference is ready to receive abstracts and session proposals. The conference will be held in New Orleans on February 5-8, 2018.

Abstracts should promote fundamental Gulf ecosystem science or link scientific results to ecosystem resilience, oil spill response, or restoration and management. Abstract submissions will be accepted for topical tracks; mini-sessions and concurrent sessions will be developed based on the abstracts received. Papers not selected for oral presentations will have the opportunity to participate in the poster session.

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts; the Gulf Research Program, Harte Research Institute, and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative have generously offered to cover registration fees for student presenters whose abstracts are accepted as oral or poster presentations to the conference program.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance/rejection by late-October. You do not need to register for the conference to submit an abstract. Each person may submit up to two (2) abstracts as lead author.

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Posted by on in Gulf Restoration

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) just released its report, "Making the Most of Restoration: Priorities for a Recovering Gulf." This follow-up to its 2014 report provides their recommendations on Gulf coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on estuaries. The report identifies "suites of projects that have the greatest collective impact on priority estuaries." Their approach included: reviewing federal, state and local planning and assessment reports; documenting existing stressors for each system; evaluating potential restoration needs required to tackle each underlying stressor; and prioritizing projects for a given estuary based on the greatest restoration needs.

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Proceedings from the 2016 Restore America's Estuaries conference are now available. The RAE web site also includes links to presentations and posters.

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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 National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is offering a training course entitled "Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program." Application deadline is Feb. 20!! Course dates are Jul 10-28, 2017.

This is a "hands-on data science course for both early career and established researchers to gain skills in data science, including scientific synthesis, reproducible science, and data management."

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The Membership Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization's Board of Directors. GCOOS is the heart of data collection for the ocean and coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico -- collecting thousands of data points from sensors and ensuring the data are reliable, timely, accurate and available to all who need it.

Nominations are due by March 3, 2017. See here for details of the Board responsibilities and how to make nominations.

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On March 29-30, 2017, a "Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research (GOM-WIR)" will be held at the Riverside Omni in Houston, TX, to bring together expertise from broad disciplines to develop an international research agenda for the Gulf of Mexico. The workshop is sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI), the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program (NASGRP) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The objective of GOM-WIR is to identify, prioritize and facilitate potential international environmental research between Mexico, Cuba and the USA in the Gulf of Mexico. The facilitated workshop is by invitation only and will bring together up to 150 researchers from the USA, Mexico, and Cuba from academia, resource agencies and the private sector to participate. Go to the workshop web page at http://www.gulfinventory.org/ for more information and to request an invitation.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the HRI State of the Gulf Summit to be held on March 27-28, 2017; participants are invited to also attend the Summit.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance's latest newsletter includes announcement of new Memorandum of Understanding with GOMURC to promote collaboration with Gulf research universities and the Alliance. This agreement replaces original signed in 2011, and reinforces the value of the partnership for among other tasks promoting closer ties between the Gulf science and management communities.

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Posted by on in Gulf Events

Registration for the 2017 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit is now open; meeting will be held March 26-28, 2017 in Houston, TX. Summit byline is "OneGulf - Shaping the Future: Science-driven solutions for Gulf of Mexico problems." 

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Posted by on in Gulf Opportunities

University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Science and Technology invite applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology and Chair in the Division of Marine Science.

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.usm.edu. Since the division is located at NASA SSC, the successful candidate must be able to pass a NASA background investigation to work at Stennis. To nominate a candidate or for inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Mohamed O. Elasri, Associate Dean, College of Science and Technology: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-266-4886. Review of applications begins October 1, 2016 and continues until the position is filled.

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2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference Call for Abstracts is now open.

Theme will be Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration. Stated interests include: application of science results to practical use; informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events; what have we learned about oil spills and their impacts that can reduce uncertainty, mitigate ecological, social and health impacts of a future spill; advanced response strategies; and how to improve restoration efforts. 

Conference sessions emphasize applications of recent oil spill science to restoration, resource management and oil spill response. Each session will include invited speakers and oral presentations; papers not selected for oral presentations will be afforded an opportunity to participate in the poster session.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 26, 2016. You do not need to be registered to submit an abstract. Registration will open in a few weeks.

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Coastal ocean observing needs

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is seeking comments on the new attached report entitled, National Strategy for a Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings. 

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The report specifically states that "the Gulf of Mexico in general is a major gap area in the U.S. for ecosystem monitoring from coastal moorings" (p. 25)

Submit comments to either Vembu Subramanian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> by Aug 4 or after then to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

 

 

Posted by on in Gulf Science and Education
Gulf state disasters

Gulf of Mexico states batting a thousand in 2016 by being involved in all 8 billion dollar natural disasters, also implicated in 30 deaths, which hit the U.S. between Jan and May 2016, based on information compiled by NOAA. The analyses by the National Centers for Environmental Information include time series, maps and links to articles that describe methods and results.

Posted by on in Gulf Policy

The Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary welcomes public comments on its proposed boundary expansion to include other deep banks across the northern Gulf of Mexico outer shelf; see the bottom of the news item page for how to submit comments via regulations.gov, due by August 9, 2016.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance, GOMA) released the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts today. This is the third major effort by the Alliance, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors.

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Posted by on in Gulf Events

Save The Dates!

Houston, TX-- State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, March 26-28, 2017, and Gulf of Mexico Alliance All-Hands Meeting, March 29-30, 2017.

For the first time, these important regional conferences will meet back-to-back at the Omni Houston Hotel,4 Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056.

GOMA's 2016 All-hands meeting is June 15-16 in Baton Rouge.

Posted by on in Gulf Opportunities

National Academies Gulf Research Program is now hiring positions.

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Consortium for Ocean Leadership and Sea Grant are hosting a workshop titled, Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Complex Research Results through Outreach and Education Programs prior to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference. Registration to the conference is not necessary to attend the workshop. If you are interested in attending, you can find a full agenda here. The workshop is in the Grand Salon I at the Marriott Tampa Waterside on February 1 from 12:30pm-5:15pm.

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BOEM recently posted the final rulemaking for the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Entitled "Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses—Oil and Gas, Offshore," a key action is to set allocations for revenue sharing by the states of TX, LA, AL, and MS in Phase II to commence in 2017. A news description of the regulation and its implication is in Houmatoday.com.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program posted a new Request for Proposal on July 28. They are soliciting proposals that address water quality improvements; coast habitat and ecosystems enhancements, restoration and/or protection; environmental education and outreach; and strengthen community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region and its watersheds. They anticipate funding approximately 15 cooperative agreements from the available $3.5 million.

 

For more details, see the full RFP. Proposals are due no later than 5:00PM ET on September 15, 2015.

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference is accepting proposals for Scientific Sessions for the 2016 conference. The deadline to submit a session proposal is June 14, 2015.

They are also accepting requests for Associated Events and Workshops to be help Monday, February 1.

As stated on the event website, “The 2016 conference theme, “One Gulf: healthy ecosystems, healthy communities,” will focus on opportunities to promote and sustain a healthy Gulf environment, communities, and economy, including new discoveries, innovations, technologies, and policies. A strong emphasis this year will be placed on the human dimensions of oil spill in addition to the ecosystem science research that has led past conferences.”

 

The conference will be held Feb 1-4, 2016 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside in Tampa, Florida. More details can be found here

Tomorrow, April 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM ET the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources will be holding an oversight hearing on “Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident.” The hearing memo including the witness list can be found here.  The hearing is available for live streaming here.

 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a report, “Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Tourism in the Gulf of Mexico Region.” As stated in the technical announcement, “To better understand the various impacts of the DWH oil spill on tourism in the Gulf region, the Eastern Research Group (ERG) undertook four methodological approaches… The varied methodologies reveal a complex pattern of impacts and provide important lessons to be learned about the impacts of an oil spill on tourism.” A technical summary of the report is available here.

 

 

 

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has released a new report, “Charting Restoration” that compares funded projects against Gulf restoration priorities identified in restoration- and conservation-related plans five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. As stated on TNC’s website, “One of the main findings of the report is that the majority of funding to date has gone towards restoring the environment, which shows a solid alignment with the identified priorities. The report also shows that clean water, community resilience and healthy marine plants and animals are top priorities across the Gulf yet a limited number of projects have been funded with a primary focus on these issues.” For further information, the report can be found here

The National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program announced a new funding opportunity in data synthesis. They are looking for “activities that will integrate or synthesize existing data from different sources that may provide additional insights, address important questions, or lead to new approaches to interpreting monitoring data.” The online application will open May 2015. They anticipate funding 10 to 14 awards for a total of $5 million. Awards will most likely be for 24 months disbursed in 2 installments. For more details, please see the grant’s details here.

 

 

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) has launched their new Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker. This tracker allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are occurring. Each project listed includes a brief description, contact and link to access more technical information. GOMA is working directly with the groups funding projects related to oil spill restoration to ensure accuracy. The tracker’s development team is hosting a demonstration followed by a Q&A opportunity on Thursday, April 23 at 1PM EDT. You can join the webinar here.  

In a new publication, Evidence of climate-driven ecosystem reorganization in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists reviewed over 100 indicators representing physical, biological, and economic aspects of the Gulf of Mexico and found that ecosystem-wide reorganization occurred.  They also analyzed these shifts and their alignment with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). They “provide an explanation for how the AMO may drive physical changes in the Gulf of Mexico, thus altering higher-level ecosystem dynamics. The hypotheses presented here should provide focus for further targeted studies, particularly in regard to whether and how management should adjust to different climate regimes or states of nature.”

 

The full report can be found here

This week BP released the report, Gulf of Mexico Environmental Recovery Restoration. In a message from Laura Folse, Executive Vice President, she states, “Areas that were affected are recovering and data BP has collected and analyzed to date do not indicate a significant long-term impact to the population of any Gulf species.” Many are saying this report is premature and cherry-picked.

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, who are charged with scientifically establishing the damages caused by the spill, has release an official statement on the report.

“Citing scientific studies conducted by experts from around the Gulf, as well as this council, BP misinterprets and misapplies data while ignoring published literature that doesn’t support its claims and attempts to obscure our role as caretakers of the critical resources damaged by the spill.”

 

You can read full statement from the NRDA Trustees here. Many NGOs are also weighing in on the report such as this blog from National Wildlife Federation. 

GOMURC is co-hosting a free webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico with the Environmental Law Institute and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs. The webinar will be Friday, April 10, 2:00-4:00PM ET (1:00-3:00PM CT) and you can register here. For more details, see below:

 

Many restoration planning documents and programs in the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need to address climate change impacts as part of the restoration framework. While precedent exists on how to integrate climate change into restoration decision-making, many post-Deepwater Horizon restoration projects fail to adequately address climate change impacts. At the same time, coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico region are both on the front line of climate impacts, as well as the ones hit hardest by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the complex intersection of climate change, community resilience and Gulf of Mexico restoration, focusing on the challenges of and opportunities for creating restoration projects that both incorporate climate change considerations and are responsive to the needs of coastal communities.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Kathryn Mengerink (Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute) Overview of Gulf Restoration Programs

Dr. Robert Twilley (Executive Director, Louisiana Sea Grant) Ecosystem Adaptation Climate Change Impacts on the Gulf Coast and Restoration Efforts

Jonathan Porthouse,(Senior Manager, Coastal Habitat Restoration, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund) Integrating Climate Change Impacts into Restoration Planning and Projects

Colette Pichon Battle, (Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy) Climate Impacts on Communities  and Options for Response

Dr. Tracie Sempier (Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant) Climate Change Decision-Making by Coastal Communities

MODERATOR:

Andrew Shepard, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative

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