One of the new teams to emerge from GOMA’s 2015 restructure is the Habitat Resources Team, a combination of the former Habitat Conservation and Restoration and Ecosystems Integration and Assessment teams. The Habitat Resources Team focuses on: regional sediment management, sea level rise modeling, living shorelines, and habitat status and trends.

The Team has four goals:

  • Increase the availability and utilization of habitat assessment data and information to coastal stakeholders
  • Increase awareness and implementation of living shoreline alternatives in coastal communities
  • Support the development of robust regional sediment management and beneficial use programs at the local, state, and regional scale
  • Promote understanding of the capabilities and uses of sea level rise and storm surge models

The Habitat Resources Team is led by the State of Louisiana, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team in Action Plan III.

The GOMA Habitat Resources Team meets quarterly via conference call and hosts 1–2 in-person meetings per year. The Team Coordinator handles logistics (meeting agendas, notes, and facilitation). Contact the Team Coordinator for follow-up information.

Funding Opportunity – Gulf of Mexico Alliance Development of Data and a Decision Support Tool for the Northern Gulf Sediment Availability and Allocation Program (NGSAAP) — The GOMA Habitat Resources Team, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Division, is available to develop a decision support tool to link coastal restoration projects with cost-efficient sediment sources. The opportunity is closed and applications are under review.

Gulf Star 2017 Awards

  • Seagrass Status and Trends | CNL World Consultants
    This project addresses the need for an update and re-assessment of seagrass resources across the Gulf. The last comprehensive seagrass assessment was conducted more than a decade ago and was limited in the type of data that was available at that time.  Experts have recommended an update and re-assessment of seagrass resources across the Gulf. Gulf-wide Seagrass Monitoring and Needs Assessment Workshop Report (Handley, et al September 2018)
  • Sea Level Rise Workshop | TBD

Gulf Star 2016 Awards

  • Seagrass Assessment | CNL World Consultants
    Leveraging against an existing U.S. Geological Survey and EPA project, this project develops a plan to assess additional seagrass resources throughout the Gulf region.  The purpose is to inform restoration plans.
  • Living Shorelines Site Suitability Modeling | Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
    GOMA partners recently concluded the development of a living shorelines site suitability model and pilot tested it on Mobile Bay, Alabama.  It was very successful in predicting where natural shoreline restoration techniques will be successful and where they won’t.  As a continuation of the project, this new project conducts the recently developed living shoreline model on additional sites in Tampa and Perdido, Florida.

Team Tools and Publications

Download Gulf Regional Sediment Master Plan Documents

Download Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments Documents

Sea Level Rise Documents

Other Documents

Bear with us as we update this page. If there are specific resources that you need, please contact the HR Team or Lee Yokel.

Team Chair

  • James Pahl, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Team Coordinator

  • Lauren Durr, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Team Meeting Information

  • Contact your coordinator for any meeting notes or presentations.