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2016 Workshop

NOAA's National Ocean Service/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and Northern Gulf Institute will hold the 6th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Coordination Workshop, "Establishing a Cooperative Hypoxic Zone Monitoring Program," September 12-13, 2016 at the Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, MS.



Directions to the two access gates for Stennis can be found at . Federal employees can access Stennis with CAC Cards. US citizens who do not have a federal CAC Card will need to stop at the Visitors' Center to pick up a visitor's badge which must be worn at all times.

From the South gate (I-10) turn right (east) at the second light onto J Road. The road becomes Balch Blvd. The MSU Science and Technology Building is on the right directly across from the observation tower. There will be signs noting the NGI EVENT.

Please note that the use of cell phones while driving within the Stennis buffer zone and on the site is prohibited and violators will be ticketed.

For additional information, please contact Sheila Ashley at 228.688.4218 or .


6th Annual NOAA/NGI Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop This workshop will develop a framework for a multi-partner Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone monitoring program, and plan the follow-up coordination needed to move forward with implementation. The Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan (2009, revised 2012) and subsequent workshops provide a foundation for a sustainable monitoring program that is driven by specific hypoxia management objectives. These efforts have led to advancements in monitoring extent (i.e. expansion of temporal and spatial coverage) and technology (e.g. glider application) to meet the core program requirements. However, the monitoring program has been supported primarily through NOAA competitive research funding (i.e. NGOMEX program), which ended in FY 2015.

A programmatic and financial strategy to support a requirement-driven monitoring program will be prepared as a pre-meeting document which will be explored further at the workshop to identify the optimal monitoring requirements for management needs, and funding mechanisms and logistics of implementation based on the needs and constraints of partners.

A cooperative monitoring program would benefit many agency programs, not only those focused on hypoxia. Meeting minimum requirements for an operational monitoring program would mean that:

  • Modelling tools needed to meet program objectives would no longer suffer severe data limitation
  • Competitive research resources would be freed up to support improvements of models & other management tools
  • Data turnaround and accessibility would be improved with the goal to make data access real- or near-real time
  • The metric generated to assess progress toward the Hypoxia Task Force Coastal Goal to mitigate hypoxia would be developed in a structured, consistent, and sustainable manner.

Workshop Goal

Identify and coordinate partner interests for establishing a cooperative monitoring program for the Gulf hypoxic zone that achieves management-driven objectives.

  • A pre-workshop monitoring strategy with programmatic and financial requirements to inform workshop proceedings.
Expected Output
  • A workshop report identifying mechanisms and resources for potential operational commitments to a Gulf Hypoxic Zone monitoring program and steps required for implementation.


Hypoxia Forum Steering Committee

  • Alan Lewitus (NOAA/NIA) - co chair
  • Steve Ashby (NGI) - co chair
  • Steve DiMarco (TAMU)
  • Steve Giordano (NOAA/NMFS)
  • Rick Greene (EPA/ORD)
  • David Hilmer (NOAA/NOS)
  • Stephan Howden (USM)
  • Barb Kirkpatrick (GCOOS)
  • Trevor Meckley (NOAA/NOS)
  • Troy Pierce (Gulf Program)
  • Nancy Rabalais (LUMCON)
  • Rick Raynie (LA CPRA)
  • Dave Scheurer (NOAA/NOS)
  • Mike Woodside (USGS)