Ecosystems Integration and Assessment Team
GOMA determined that there was no information system that allowed easy access to information and data for scientist conducting region-wide comparative studies, nor a convenient way for managers and policy makers to tap into the knowledge gained from such research. A solution to this problem was a natural resource data portal and information system and GOMA provided an effective partnership structure to improve accessibility and awareness of the extensive data available throughout the region. Throughout the implementation of Action Plan I and Action Plan II, the Ecosystem Integration and Assessment Priority Issue Team was led by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Harte Research Institute.
Ecosystems Integration and Assessment ACTIONS
Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan
Produce the Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan, a comprehensive plan to collaboratively acquire data on the physical characteristics of the Gulf region, particularly elevation, shoreline, and surface data.
- Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan A comprehensive plan to collaboratively acquire data on the physical characteristics of the Gulf region, particularly elevation, shoreline, and surface data.
- Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
Data Access and Acquisition
Provide resource managers and Alliance partners’ access to a Gulf-wide data and ecosystem support services system.
- GOMAportal A metadata catalog and data repository for Gulf of Mexico related geospatial datasets.
- Gulf of Mexico Data Acquisition Planning Tool Platform to plan and coordinate data acquisition activities through a map-based interface.
- Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid (MERMaid) Online web-based tool allows users to establish unlimited metadata databases to organize their metadata records.
- Geospatial Assessment of Marine Ecosystems Mapping project that identifies, inventories, and catalogues information related to coastal and marine habitats of the Gulf of Mexico.
- Implementation of a Spatial Catalog to Characterize and Identify Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico Developed an inventory of habitat-related data within the Gulf of Mexico.
Living Marine Resources
Provide collaboration opportunities for the various living marine resource organizations to support the management of the Gulf as a large marine ecosystem.
- EcoWatch A data management infrastructure that is comprised of data services and support functions for data discovery.
- Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard and Development of Priority Habitat Information Network System Common language for marine science and management and a template for translating existing habitat classification schemes to a common framework so that mapping results can be more easily compared and integrated.
Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends Report
Develop an Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends Report to provide scientists and decision makers with regional information to guide management decisions.
- Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends Report A comprehensive literature survey on emergent wetlands in the five Gulf states.
- Seagrass Status and Trends in the Northern Gulf of Mexico US EPA GMP’s report on research and restoration plan for seagrasses.
Ecosystem Service Valuation
Determine socioeconomic values of critical coastal ecosystem services in the Gulf region.
- GecoServ An ecosystem services valuation database providing valuation studies relevant to the Gulf of Mexico region.
- Evaluation of Ecosystem Services of Coastal Habitats A support tool that evaluates the economic and social value of coastal habitats. This project produces procedures and tools for mapping ecosystem services and the values of those services for the Gulf of Mexico habitats.
For more detailed information about project partners and funding, please download the full report here.