The Gulf of Mexico will be the focal point for the largest restoration efforts ($20+ billion) ever conceived for the Gulf of Mexico. It will consume the northern (USA) Gulf’s coastal policy and politics, state and federal resource management, and conservation activities for at least fifteen years as the settlement agreement plays out. A key issue will be an effective adaptive management approach built on sound science and coordinated monitoring to learn from mistakes and build on successes of early restoration efforts.
The timing of this Summit provides unprecedented opportunity to effectively address some of the many issues we face in bringing the Gulf together in common cause. The Gulf has never before had the resources to address fundamental issues affecting its health and productivity. Gulf science has never been better positioned to support decision-makers and resource managers in addressing resource priorities and prepare for future ones. The potential of international cooperation between the USA, Mexico and Cuba to work together on a Gulfwide scale has never been so real.
The State of the Gulf Summit 2017 will address these challenges by focusing on the following questions:
How will we assess change at the broadest Gulf ecosystem level to both assess the efficacy of restoration actions and identify potential issues beyond restoration?
How do we begin to effectively link environmental health, human health, and economic health and well-being to assure a healthier and more sustainable future?
How do we effectively engage with our international partners, Mexico and Cuba, to address issues to assure the health and productivity of the Large Marine Ecosystem that is the Gulf of Mexico?
GOM-WIR will bring together approximately 150 scientists from the USA, Mexico and Cuba. This diverse group of stakeholders will:
- Identify knowledge gaps regarding marine ecosystem science from coastal communities to the deep ocean
- Prioritize relevant research needs across disciplines; and,
- Establish working relationships between potential international partners to conduct research activities addressing these issues
To learn more about attending the workshop, review the Request an Invitation page for information.
HRI is developing a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary inventory of marine ecosystem science focused on the southern Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of the Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research. The goal of this inventory, developed in conjunction with Mexican and Cuban scientists, is to provide information about the current state of the science in the southern Gulf, and identify gaps which will help inform discussions and planning both during the workshop and into the future.
The inventory will be composed of annotated listings of resources of Mexican or Cuban origin including:
- Research Programs,
- Data Resources,
Data collection for this inventory is now underway, and if you are aware of potential information that should be included, we highly encourage you support this important work by reviewing the information available on the Marine Ecosystem Science Inventory page.
Join a lively, engaged network of local practitioners, state and federal governments, outreach and extension professionals, non-profit organizations, and private sector representatives to discuss coastal climate issues throughout our region and share actionable information relevant at a decision-making scale.
See the agenda here
. Topics include:
- Hurricane Matthew – impacts, lessons learned, rapid response and recovery planning, and disaster communications
- The connections between recovery planning and adaptation planning
- Examples of successful resilience partnerships
- Brainstorming project-specific partnerships for future funding opportunities
- A field trip opportunity in historic downtown Charleston, SC
The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.
The Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal trainings, facilitated practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information all at a single venue. This event affords attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.
The 2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice meeting will be held on May 16-18, 2017, in Covington, Louisiana. Details will be posted at the link below.
Created in 1999, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is the recognized leader within ASCE for the integration of technical expertise and public policy in the planning, design, construction, and operation of environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure impacting air, land, and water resources.
Abstract Submission (Due October 2, 2016)
Event Website (Website will be updated with information about the 2017 conference when available)
Following the successful of the first international conference on Advances in Extreme Value Analysis and application to Natural Hazard (EVAN) in Siegen Germany in 2013 and the second conference in Santander Spain in 2015, conference organizers are pleased to announce the dates of the third conference to take place in Southampton, UK.
The conference will take place September 5-7 2017 at the National Oceanography Centre. The overall aim of the conference is to bring together and promote interchange between a diverse community of research scientists, students, practitioners and stakeholders concerned with this complex and inter-disciplinary topic.
Presented by the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System
Please join us for a free monthly webinar series beginning in November that will explore current research and applications on drought impacts. Understanding impacts helps planners, decision makers and resource managers reduce vulnerability to future droughts. The webinars, which start Nov. 6, 2013, are on Wednesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. Central time. Each will include:
- a focus on a specific effort to document drought impacts and the use of this information in decision-making
- discussion of NIDIS’ role in the emerging Impacts Community of Practice
- a chance to ask questions via chat
- other interactive elements.
The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network Webinar Series highlights key tools and tool use case studies to help practitioners learn about tools quickly and determine their suitability for specific EBM projects. Webinars are held 1-3 times per month and typically last 1 hour. Website
Brought to you by The NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and American Water Works Association (AWWA). Website
The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT. Website
The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is happy to announce the first webinar in the webinar/workshop series "Standardizing Sea-Level Scenarios for Gulf of Mexico Projects."
Very often projects involving sea-level rise start out with the same question - how much sea-level rise and by when? Often the processes of determining which scenarios takes a great deal of time. Additionally, different projects settle on different scenarios making it difficult to compare results between projects. The Cooperative partners have identified addressing this issue as a priority goal for 2016.
The Cooperative would like to invite experts in SLR and those who frequently work on SLR projects in the Gulf to come to collaborate in identifying recommended scenarios. The goal is a suite of recommended scenarios for use across a variety of projects as well as a brief user guide to encourage its use on the Gulf Coast.
This process will take time and instead of dealing with such a large issue with such a large group in one meeting, we are planning a series of webinars and workshops. The first webinar will happen on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. CST, and it will be a background/kick-off webinar addressing the series goals and outlining national, regional and local scenarios.
In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.Website