The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is wrapping up another successful All Hands meeting this year in Houston, Texas. A long-standing partner in the regional collaboration is NOAA’s NCEI – National Centers for Environmental Information. For over 10 years, NCEI scientists have participated in a broad partnership to identify and address regional issues in the Gulf of Mexico such as increasing data access, enhancing coastal communities, and restoring habitats.

The Alliance priority issues mirror those of NOAA who continues to be a committed federal partner alongside eleven other federal agencies that constitute a working group. Staff from NCEI serve on all six Priority Issue Teams. The 2017 All Hands meeting allowed NCEI scientists and partners to gather in working sessions across all the Alliance’s Teams and initiatives to make progress on prioritized objectives from the Governors’ Action Plan III.

The conference gave NCEI a chance to show useful scientific tools to its Gulf Alliance partners. Through a popular Tool’s Café, NCEI demonstrated data discovery and access tools for water column sonar, single and multibeam bathymetry, and digital elevation models (DEMs).

The networking across professionals increases collaborating and the elimination of duplicate efforts. Participants enhance their ability to work on shared projects across state lines and increase the common use of valuable resources.