Gulf Star Awards

Coastal Resilience

  • Keeping Pace: A short guide to navigating sea-level rise models - (PDF, 140KB) This Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative resource is a quick review the importance of model selection, helpful concepts, model categories and an example of how to utilize models to address coastal issues.
  • Ports Resilience Index - A self-assessment tool developed for Port and marine industry leaders. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of assessing if Ports and the regional marine transportation sector are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters
  • Resilient Coastal Development through Land Use Planning - (PDF, 1.6MB) A report that presents broad categories of land use tools that can be used by local communities for developing resilient policies in a variety of settings.
  • Homeowner Handbooks - Customized handbooks developed for homeowners in each of the five Gulf States to help prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property. Handbooks include sections on how to prepare before the storm, mitigation measures to increase residential resilience, and insurance options available to homeowners in each state.
  • Community Resilience Index - A tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery.
  • StormSmart Coasts - An online resource for coastal decision makers looking for the latest and best information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards.
  • Clean & Resilient Marinas Initiative - An initiative to promote and expand resilient and environmentally responsible operations and best management practices at marinas in the Gulf region. It is a three-document set including a Guidebook, Policy Guide, and a tri-fold brochure.
  • Coastal CHARM Resilience Tool - With help from GOMA Resilience Team funding, a scenario model called Coastal CHARM was developed and recently showcased at the GOMA All Hands meeting in New Orleans.

Ecosystem Integration & Assessment

Education & Engagement

  • Environmental Education Listserv - To join the Environmental Education listserv send an email to and put the text "GOMAEEN Listserv" in the subject.
  • Coastal Training Workshops - A unique regional collaboration designed to deliver relevant information to key stakeholders on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers - A network of learning centers at aquariums and marine educational facilities across the Gulf, sponsored by the Coastal America Foundation.
  • Smart Yard, Healthy Gulf Campaign - A public education campaign designed to reduce fertilizers entering local waters by helping people make responsible lawn fertilizer decisions.

Habitat Resources

  • Conservation Policy Studies - A series of restoration and conservation studies including: A Comparison of Mexico/U.S. Policy, Law & Management; Recommendations and Issues for the Federal Standard; Increasing Restoration and Conservation on Private Lands; and Analysis of Policy and Regulatory Programs that Provide Protection to Coastal Habitats. Contact the Team Coordinator for more information on these resources.
  • Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge, and Conservation Analysis - An assessment of potential impacts to coastal habitat with sea level rise combined with storm surge for Jefferson County and Galveston Bay, Texas. See also TNC Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool.
  • Sediment Management Case Studies - A collection of 12 case studies for the Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan, including dredge projects, federal navigation projects and others.
  • Study of Ecosystem Services Provided by Marsh Habitat in Galveston Bay - A report identifying the service flows for marsh habitat in the Galveston area, then overlaying sea level rise projections under various scenarios and time frames providing resource managers and local officials information to base development and conservation decisions upon. A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the GOMA Headquarters Office.

Nutrients & Nutrient Impacts

  • Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity for Estuarine and Near-Coastal Waters - (PDF, 1.8MB) A report on benthic invertebrate data from the National Coastal Assessment sampling efforts, assisting in investigation of linkages among the benthic biological community structure, intermediate stressors, and nutrient concentrations.
  • Pilot Nutrient Criteria Development - A pilot project that characterizes the nutrient dynamics in the Mission-Aransas estuary in terms of their sources, transport, fate and effects, providing a more complete understanding of the relationships between freshwater inflow, nutrients, physical processes, and biological communities with the goal of developing nutrient criteria for ecosystems in the western Gulf of Mexico. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Buskey
  • Primer on Hypoxia - (PDF, 10MB) A document explaining the causes and impacts of hypoxia in the Gulf region to stakeholders, coastal managers, decision makers and the general public.
  • Nutrient Reduction Examples - A series of nutrient reduction technologies used at different locations in the Gulf region and upwatershed. Examples include low-technology strategies reducing excess nutrients leaving farm fields during storm events (contact Robert Kroger at and Delta Farmers reduction strategies (contact Kay Whittington at or Trey Cook at
  • Nutrient Reduction Study in Bay St. Louis - A project by NASA Applied Science & Technology Project Office at Stennis Space Center using satellites, in-situ measurements and computational modeling to study relationships between water quality in St. Louis Bay, Mississippi and the watershed characteristics of the Jourdan and Wolf Rivers from 2000-2010.

Water Quality

  • Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues in the Gulf of Mexico - Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues in the Gulf of Mexico - (PDF, 2.92KB) This is the final report addressing harmful algal bloom impacts on Florida tourism, fishing, and coastal ecosystems that ultimately resulted in a publicly available dashboard.
  • Resource Guide for Harmful Algal Bloom Toxin Sampling and Analysis - A white paper providing Gulf state managers guidance on harmful algal bloom toxin monitoring protocols in order to improve the efficacy and consistency of toxin assessments and response Gulf-wide.
  • White Paper on Gulf of Mexico Water-Quality Monitoring - (PDF, 2.0MB) Provides water-quality information to support informed resource management and public knowledge.
  • Round Robins - The Water Quality Team conducts field and analytical round robin events to identify variability in sampling techniques, equipment and standards.
  • Improved Methods for Recreational Water Quality Criteria - A white paper highlighting revisions to Environmental Protection Agency recreational water quality criteria, encouraging use of data that includes Gulf-specific conditions to reduce the risk to human health from exposure to coastal waters.
  • Mercury Fate and Transport - (PDF, 1.2MB) A model for understanding the cycle of mercury through the Gulf of Mexico food web to identify important sources and improve the ability to reduce the risk of mercury exposure.
  • Molecular Marker Registry - (XLS, 195kb) A central registry containing molecular markers from DNA and RNA found in contaminated waters.
  • Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) - The Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) website is a regional, web-based data and information dissemination tool. This website provides a secure data entry tool for collection of cell count observations of the algal species Karenia brevis.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting System - The HAB Forecasting System provided by NOAA supplies information on the location, extent, and potential for development or movement of harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Data & Monitoring

  • Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics (STICS) - View demographic, economic, and recreation data for the Gulf of Mexico or to download the NOAA report Population Trends Along the Coastal United States.
  • National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) - Established in 1999, the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) provides a full range of the most current economic and socio-economic information available on changes and trends along the U.S. coast and in coastal waters.
  • Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas - An online regional collaboration resulting in assessments of the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity around the Gulf.
  • Gulf of Mexico Data Acquisition Planning Tool (GDAPT) - A platform that allows Gulf of Mexico stakeholders to plan and coordinate data acquisition activities by linking planned acquisition information to graphics representing the extent of the acquisition within a map-based interface.
  • Metadata Transforms - Extensible Markup Language (XML) transformations available to automate the metadata translation and can be developed to automate metadata creation.
  • Ecowatch - A data management infrastructure that is comprised of data services and support functions for data discovery.