International Leaders, Scientists Gather for Gulf Summit

HOUSTON, Texas — As the Gulf of Mexico is moving forward from one of history’s greatest environmental disasters, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and oil spill. The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is bringing together international Gulf leaders on March 26-28 to look to its future for its fourth State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston, Texas.

Reducing Environmental Impacts through Runoff Risk Decision Support

NOAA’s Central Region Collaboration Team recently completed two short videos on first-of-its-kind decision support information and related tools to address the challenge of nutrient runoff from farm fields. Many of the nation’s lakes and streams suffer from water quality degradation caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients can eventually concentrate in coastal areas such as the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, contribute to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, and result in both economic and environmental impacts.

GCOOS Calls for Board Nominees

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization’s Board of Directors. They are considering individuals interested in and committed to working within an organization dedicated to provide data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community that includes the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the general public.

Gulf Restoration and Florida Gulf Coastal Counties

Fund allocation and expenditure resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill appears clear in graphs and figures. It is actually a multipart process interwoven across federal agencies, states, counties, and parishes. As programs are implemented, these relationships increase in complexity. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reached out to Bay County, Florida RESTORE Act Coordinator Jim Muller for an in-depth overview of Florida’s approach and current status.

BP Datasets Now Discoverable through GoMRI Data Cooperative GRIIDC

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill initiated one of the largest rapid environmental assessments undertaken for the Gulf of Mexico. Government agencies and BP collected data through the Deepwater Horizon Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Government NRDA data are available to the public through the DIVER system. Now, recently released BP NRDA data are available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative or GRIIDC, managed by Harte Research Institute.