Emerging Coastal Challenges

Some issues can impact multiple states at once. Turn here for science, news, and tools from the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs and partner organizations relating to common ecological problems.

Sea Grant answers to Gulf-wide questions

Click the links below to learn more.

Partner tools

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is a virtual atlas to simplify access to socioeconomic, marine, coastal, and watershed data from the Gulf of Mexico. To explore the datasets it houses, click here. The Data Atlas’s sister tool Coastal Ecosystem Maps lets the user layer multiple datasets at one time. Click here to use it.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)­ houses all the oil spill science data that  has been collected by GoMRI­-funded scientists in the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon. It is free and open to the public here

Harmful Algal BloomS Observing System (HABSOS) is a data tool intended to provide environmental managers, scientists, and the public with a means to track HAB events. While the tool is not a HAB forecast, HABSOS does provide the latest sample data along with historical data (back to 1953) from around the Gulf of Mexico for Karenia brevis, sometimes referred to as red tide. To check out HABSOS, click here.

The NOAA Deep-Sea Coral Data Portal is a web page providing access to deep-sea coral and sponge data, images, and technical reports from research funded by NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (DSCRTP) and its partners. It also houses the NOAA Deep-sea Coral and Sponge Map Portal, an online map tool containing geographical data.

Same team, new science

The Sea Grant team who brings Gulf audiences the latest oil spill science is now sharing additional topics of ecological importance. Members of the Sea Grant Science Outreach Team are left to right, Steve Sempier, Missy Partyka, Emily Maung-Douglass, Monica Wilson, Dani Bailey, and Tara Skelton.

Our partners

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Featured image: Volunteers clean up marine debris in Oso Bay, Texas. (Terry Ross)

Team photo by Jay Ritchie.