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As the Gulf of Mexico community continues to advance our tools for data collection, interpretation, and analysis (monitoring community of practice), there may be value in establishing a network for information sharing among system modelers. In order to gauge interest in this concept, we are casting a wide net for anyone and everyone who is interested in the many aspects of modeling (data inputs to end users) participate on a teleconference to discuss the purpose, need, structure, and function of this group going forward.

Modeling Community of Practice Call: Monday May 21, 2pm eastern time
Conference Line: 888-670-3525; Guest Code: 2880645304#

Please email Libby Fetherston-Resch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in learning more about this group or this call.

After this preliminary conversation, we will convene a small workshop during the GOMA All-Hands Meeting and again at the 2019 GOMOSES Conference with the hope that many of you can participate in one or both of these conversations. You will find a draft purpose need statement below, and we look forward to getting your feedback on May 21.


Greg Steyer, USGS 
Ehab Meselhe, The Water Institute of the Gulf
Libby Fetherston-Resch, Florida Institute of Oceanography

A Gulf Modeling Community of Practice DRAFT Purpose and Need Statement

This community will:

-Establish a platform to communicate major modeling activities in the Gulf region. This will enhance collaborations; avoid duplications or excessive overlap. The “platform” could be a website, special sessions at a regional conference, listserve, google site, github for specific models software repository, etc.

-Establish regular communications (e.g. quarterly/semi-annual webinars): to disseminate information on existing and/or imminent modeling activities funded in any of the Gulf States that could be of interest to other groups.

-Establish existing “needs” for modeling efforts.  Teams could be formed to address these needs with resource managers and target appropriate funding sources.

- Longer term strive for an inventory of modeling infrastructure - including modeling R&D, expertise, modeling capacities, and modeling data and delivery systems  that we can point to that hopefully enhances the availability, use and usability by partners.

- Consist of at least two people from each of the five Gulf States and the relevant federal agencies.

Ultimately, this group would connect to the larger GOM data and monitoring community of practice funded by the RESTORE Council, but would operate independently.


The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GoMOSES) conference program is now available! The conference will be held February 5-8, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The conference schedule includes a summary plenary about Gulf research and restoration, a closing plenary concerning the future of the conference, and an array of oral and poster sessions, and workshops.

ACT NOW to get early bird registration (ends Nov. 30) and reserve hotel room (it is week before Mardis Gras so rooms may be tight in NOLA!).


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.


Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) is asking partners from across the Gulf to participate in National Estuaries Week, September 16-23, 2017, in events across the nation. RAE's web page provides a calendar of events, example social media posts, congressional resolutions and State proclamations supporting this cause.


Products now available from the the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) including:


The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its initial list of restoration projects to be included on its "Final Priorities List."  As stated at the Council web site, "Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties." These funds will include funding from the recent BP civil settlement.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is offering a free seminar series on the Deepwater Horizon spill. The series will kick off on the fifth anniversary of the spill, April 20 at 6PM at the Caylor Auditorium. The seminars “offers a retrospective exploration of the spill through presentations by research staff and discussions among speakers, education staff and attendees to answer pressing questions.” The series concludes with GOMURC board member and Interim Director of GCRL, Dr. Monty Graham's presentation Where do we go from here? Future directions in oil spill research on July 13. Visit here for more details.


The recording for Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, a webinar cohosted by GOMURC, the Environmental Law Institute, and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs, is available for viewing. If you were not able to attend the webinar but are interested in this exciting and important subject matter, you can view the webinar here. Written summary coming soon. 



Members from GOMURC’s Board of Directors published a paper in the Gulf of Mexico Science journal vol. 31 nos. 1/2, 2013. Economic Impact of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Goods and Services and Integration Into Restoration Decision-Making is available for download here. You can also view it on GOMURC’s website here.



Ever wonder what it looks like near the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico? Now you can find out. Live video is streaming from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s expedition on the Nautilus at http://www.nautiluslive.org/.  


National Wildlife Federation addresses the status of the Gulf of Mexico in their new report, Five Years & Counting: Gulf Wildlife in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Particularly, they look at how 20 types of wildlife are faring in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill. While it may be years before we know the full extent of the impact from the spill, this report examines what the science tells us so far. 

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

A Notice of Intent to solicit public input and prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary was published in the Federal Register.  You can find the Federal Register notice here.

Public comments related to this action must be received by April 6, 2015.

You can also find more information about the expansion at http://flowergarden.noaa.gov

The National Research Council released their new report Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences. This report identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean. The report is available for free download here.

You can also register for the public webinar being given Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3:00PM EST. It will feature presentations by Shirley Pomponi and David Titley, co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee, followed by a Q & A session.

Over the next several weeks, members of the report’s authoring committee will be presenting a series of seminars at research institutions around the United States.

As part of the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition, webinars are being offered covering the competition’s them of “The Science of Oil in the Ocean.” These webinars have been offered throughout the month of January. All educators are welcome to join the live presentations. Others can view the presentation recordings once posted. You can view the recordings or register for the remaining webinar here.



Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the release of a new study report, Investigations of Chemosynthetic Communities on the Lower Continental Slope of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the result of a 5 year field study to discover and characterize sea floor communities that live in association with hydrocarbon seeps on the hard ground below depths of 1,000 meters in the Gulf of Mexico. This study was jointly funded by BOEM and NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Through this study 107 new species were confirmed; these include crustaceans, copepods, ostracods and tanaidacea. You can read BOEM’s official press release here where you can also find a link to the study. 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund announced round 2 for $99.2M of funding for 25 new oil spill restoration projects in AL, FL, LA, MS and TX. 

The National Academy of Science Gulf Research Program will sponsor an ad hoc committee and report under the auspices of the National Research Council will inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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ABSTRACTS DUE OCT. 3 for posters and oral talks for 2015 Gulf of Mexico Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Sea Level Rise and Coastal Impacts viewer is a teaching and planning tool that shows predicted sea levels on coastal communities under different rise scenarios -- http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer

Submit proposals to Texas portal for restoration projects that may be funded by NRDA, RESTORE ACT, and Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF)-- .


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Conference for Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration in New Orleans, Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014; registration at http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/CEER2014/site.html

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NRDA DWH oil spill damage assessment data at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/oil-spill/gulf-spill-data/

LSU-led team receives funds from BOEM for cost-benefit analysis of ocean and coastal observing and monitoring -- story at http://theadvocate.com/home/7757061-125/researchers-to-study-cost-benefits#.UsLqe1QJVzo.email

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S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing "a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program" -- bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf of Mexico Interagency Hypoxia Task Force-- http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/

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New book edited by former Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council director, Dr. S. Bortone, entitled Interrelationships between Corals and Fisheries, published by CRC Press. Available at http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466588318. Volume includes chapter 9 by GOMURC director, AN Shepard, "Restoring deepwater coral ecosystems and fisheries after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill."

FIO is leading new annual multi-institutional summer course, Field Studies in Marine Science/Biology;  5-week, field-intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry, and human impact of Florida’s coastal and offshore ecosystems-- http://www.fio.usf.edu/education/summer-course-2014.

Schmidt Ocean Institute's Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaborative Research on R/V Falkor in 2016-- http://www.schmidtocean.org/story/show/846

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Water Resources Development Act (HR3080) becomes Public Law 113-121 without National Endowment for the Oceans-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080

National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) latest "State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014"  highlights value of the oceans, Great Lakes and coasts of the U.S., availble at http://www.oceaneconomics.org/download/

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GOMRI Save the Date for RFP V for small team investigations-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/rfp-v/

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Senate passed S1254 to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; bill now goes to House-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email.

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State of the Gulf Summit, Houston TX, March 24-27, 2014-- http://www.sgmsummit.org/

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LA State of the Coast conference, NOLA, March 18-20, 2014-- http://www.stateofthecoast.org/

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Water Resources Development Act (S601 and HR3080) in conference; conferees shown at http://www.nado.org/house-joins-senate-in-appointing-conferees-for-water-resources-bill/. Senate Bill S601 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080/text) includes Title XII-- National Endowment for the Oceans, not included in original HR3080 passed by House.

Socio-Economics Group at the Harte Research Institute release of GecoServ 2: Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Valuation Database-- http://www.gecoserv.org/

Tagged in: data economics ecosystem

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CEQ "Marine Planning Handbook," action called for in NOP Implementation Plan, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/final_marine_planning_handbook.pdf

LUMCON cruise reports map low oxygen "Dead Zone" off MS River mouth, available at http://www.gulfhypoxia.net

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US Fish and Wildlife Service vision for Gulf restoration available at http://www.fws.gov/gulfrestoration/pdf/VisionDocument.pdf

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NRC Ocean Studies Board finished its report, An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico now available at http://dels.nas.edu/Report/report/18387

Gulf Coast Restoration Council released Initial Comprehensive Plan today required by RESTORE Act section 1603, available at http://www.restorethegulf.gov

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White House press release regarding National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/Press_Releases/April_16_2013

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced the development of the GoMRI Request for Proposals for 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2013/save-the-date-gomri-rfp-for-2015-2017-research-consortia/

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GCOOS data and products related to DWH oil spill-- http://gcoos.tamu.edu/?page_id=5537

Florida Ocean and Coastal Council put out its research plan for 2013-2014 last week-- posted at http://www.floridaoceanscouncil.org/reports/Research_Plan_FY13-14.pdf.

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NOAA Coastal Services Center's ENOW database on Ocean Economy data-- http://www.csc.noaa.gov/ENOWDataWizard/#

Tagged in: data economics ecosystem

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IOOS Summit, Nov 2012, meeting report -- http://www.iooc.us/summit/report/

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NOAA portal for access to DWH oil spill data-- http://noaa.ntis.gov/site/home.php

Florida Institute of Oceanography and US Coast Guard 7th District sign MOU to promote engagement of the marine science community in preparing for future coastal disaster response efforts--  http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=4555&z=123.

Tagged in: ecosystem policy science

IOOS strategic plan and requirements for implementing global coastal observing systems at http://www.ioos.gov/global/final_coastal_goos_pico_report.pdf.

Shell Marine Habitat Program (SMHP) partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) supports conservation and restoration activities that result in measurable benefits to key species and their habitats within coastal ecosystems-- http://www.nfwf.org/shell/Pages/home.aspx#.U6w28kBBnoE

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In response to the DWH oil spill, scientists and managers conclude that "modification of laws and policies designed to protect and restore ocean resources is needed in order to accommodate oil drilling in the deep sea and other frontiers" in A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model-- http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.7

Oil Spill Commission action committee assesses progress towards recommendations made in National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Off-Shore Drilling's 2011 report (http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/)-- http://oscaction.org/wp-content/uploads/OSCA-Assessment-report.pdf.

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