The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ecosystems Integration and Assessment (EIA) Priority Issue Team is led by the state of Texas and coordinated by Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The EIA Priority Issue Team has quarterly calls and works collaboratively on projects related to:

  • Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan: Produce the Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan (GMMMP), a comprehensive plan to collaboratively acquire data on the physical characteristics of the Gulf region, particularly elevation, shoreline, and surface data.
  • 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.

Our members include participants from states and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses around the region. Click here for the EIA Priority Issue Team’s archive of call notes, meeting information and presentations. Our most recent project is entitled Living shoreline site suitability modeling for Mobile Bay: A GIS & remote sensing-based approach.

Contact Cristina Carollo at to join the collaborative efforts of the EIA Priority Issue Team.