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.

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.

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.

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.



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