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Gulf Science and Education

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

Dear Colleagues, [PLEASE SHARE WITH INTERESTED PARTNERS]

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.

Sincerely,

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.

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A team of scientists and students at the University of South Florida published an article, "Embracing Advocacy in Science" in the journal Fisheries. As stated in the abstract, "a perception remains that scientists cannot be objective and credible while also advocating a position that may inform or impact decision making. We counter this notion and make the case that scientists should engage in science communication and advocacy." The authors propose practical ways to serve as an advocate for science-based policy and decision-making.

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NEWS from the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative:

The Team just released a final, in-depth publication to close out 2017 entitle, Corals and oil spills. Scientists discovered that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill injured some deep water coral communities, while others in shallow areas appeared unharmed. All of Team science outreach publications can be found here.

Upcoming 2018 oil spill science workshops.

  • Responding to oil spills: Offshore and deep sea habitatsJanuary 9, 2018—Available in person and online
    Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex, Lacombe, LA. Free event, last in three-part series, will bring scientists and emergency responders together to discuss offshore and deep sea spill response. Lunch will be provided for attendees registered by January 5.

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GOMURC has been engaged in conversations with colleagues in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to understand the extent of damages due to the 2017 hurricanes (Irma and Maria), and their priority needs. Kristin Wilson Grimes gave a related presentation at the 2017 CERF conference, entitled "Weathering the Storms: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the US Virgin Islands." We have posted this ppt here; it conveys the disaster better than words, and provides ways to help! 

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Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean including billions in property damages and more than 80 lost lives. The past weeks have been about rescues and personal recovery, which will continue for years. We also need to focus on the next level of recovery in rebuilding island economies and infrastructure. Related to GOMURC's mission, the marine science community in the PR/VI has many needs which our Gulf universities have capacity to help. Here are example actions to consider based on input from affected colleagues:

1)      Work with our PR/VI colleagues to assess damages and immediate needs for supplies and equipment. Students and investigators need lab space—open your doors!

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

2)      Raise funding and resources required to address these needs and get required resources to where they are needed.

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

3)      Utilize GOMURC member assets to help support PR/VI research to assess environmental damages and promote recovery. All of CARICOOS observing assets in PR/VI remain down.

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

Please contribute however you can and pass the word.

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