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2014 Workshop

The NOAA Ocean Service's NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team, the Northern Gulf Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program, and the National Wildlife Federation hosted the 5th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop, "Advancing Ecological Modeling for Diversions and Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico." The Workshop was held July 14-16, 2014 at the Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center, 1021 Balch Blvd, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

Contact

For more information, contact the Hypoxia Forum Steering Committee Chairs:

Purpose

5th Annual NOAA/NGI Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop A suite of ecological models focused on the northern Gulf of Mexico have advanced in recent years and are being considered as important management tools for evaluating fisheries responses to a dynamic Gulf ecosystem (which includes human dimensions). Management adoption of these modeling approaches will improve assessment and prediction of the effects of two large-scale issues on Gulf fisheries - Mississippi River diversions and the northern Gulf hypoxic zone. These issues are closely linked by the overlap in ecosystem model domains, affected species and habitats, and by the intersection of mitigation efforts in influencing estuarine and shelf water quality (e.g. changing salinity and nutrient properties).

The 5th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop continued its tradition to advance the science informing fisheries management of the effects of Gulf hypoxia, but also encompassed the observed and predicted effects of River diversions on Gulf fisheries and their habitats in an ecosystem context.

Goals

  • Provide a forum for strengthening communication and coordination between physical and biological modelers of Gulf of Mexico hypoxia and Mississippi River diversions, and the users and stakeholders (e.g. Hypoxia Task Force, fisheries managers) of advanced understanding and technology
  • Validate and refine key fisheries management and habitat conservation needs associated with ecosystem effects of hypoxia and large-scale river diversions in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Assess adaptive management needs for advancing ecosystem modeling of hypoxia and diversion effects on habitats and living resources in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Outputs

  • Ecological Modeling Matrix (30 KB) that documents parameters, functions, and applications of existing models targeting the ecosystem impacts of hypoxia and diversions in the northern Gulf of Mexico
  • Defined Management Needs White Paper (228 KB) related to living resource and habitat effects of Gulf Hypoxia and diversions
  • Ecological Modeling Adaptive Management Framework for advancing ecosystem modeling of hypoxia and diversion effects in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Coordination

Hypoxia Forum Steering Committee

  • Dave Kidwell (NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science) - co chair
  • Steve Ashby (Northern Gulf Institute) - co chair
  • Marie Bundy (NOAA National Ocean Service)
  • Lael Butler (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Rich Fulford (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Steve Giordano (NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service)
  • Chris Kelble (NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
  • Alan Lewitus (NOAA National Ocean Service)
  • LaToya Myles (NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
  • Alisha Renfro (National Wildlife Federation)
  • Dave Scheurer (NOAA National Ocean Service)
  • Howard Townsend (NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service)

Presentations

Presentations are currently available for viewing and download from an online version of the final workshop agenda available here.

Also see the 2011, 2012 and the 2013 workshop proceedings.