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Gulf Hypoxia Research Coordination and Advancement Agenda

Where: MSU Science and Technology Center, 1021 Balch Blvd, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
When: April 17-18, 2013

Purpose

Advance the science underpinning management of the large annual hypoxic zone ("dead zone") in the northern Gulf of Mexico. As described below, the Forum encompassed three separate meetings with intersecting objectives.
  1. 4th Annual Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop
    Update scientific understanding of hypoxic zone causes and impacts, coordinate Gulf hypoxic zone research, monitoring and modeling activities in preparation for the 2013 sampling season, and facilitate information exchange between the research and management communities;
    • Output: FY13 Gulf Hypoxic Zone Monitoring Matrix
    • Output: FY13 Gulf Hypoxic Zone Modeling Matrix
    • Output: Workshop Report for Gulf Hypoxia Task Force
  2. Gulf Hypoxia Glider Application Meeting
    Develop an implementation plan for use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for monitoring the hypoxic zone
    • Output: Pre-meeting Framework for Developing Glider Implementation Plan by Steering Committee
    • Output: White Paper on Implementation Plan for Glider Application to Hypoxia Monitoring and Modeling by Glider Implementation Plan Team
  3. Gulf Hypoxia Modeling Technical Review Meeting
    Assess the state of scenario forecast models targeting hypoxic zone dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, and develop recommendations on modeling approaches to most effectively meet the Hypoxia Task Force management directive to mitigate hypoxia;
    • Output: Pre-meeting Terms of Reference by Steering Committee to provide guidance for the Modeling Technical Review Panel
    • Output: Pre-meeting Guidelines for Gulf Modelers by Modeling Technical Review Panel to instruct Gulf modelers of informational needs from presentations and working sessions
    • Output: White Paper on Recommended Modeling Approaches for Scenario Forecasts of Gulf Hypoxia by Modeling Technical Review Panel

4th Annual Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop

Time April 17th AM Session Details and Presentation Access
9:00 a.m.
Status of Gulf Research and Management Collaborative Efforts - The Customer Perspective
Chair: Steve Ashby - NGI
Objective
  • Present historical perspective of Annual Coordination Workshops and last year's workshop outputs
  • Present updates from regional efforts that are users of hypoxia information
  • Discuss possible connections between on-going hypoxia research and other regional efforts with applications to hypoxia
Speakers
Nutrient Management/Ecosystem Restoration Efforts i.e RESTORE Act, NRDA restoration, BP Funds, Habitat Blueprint, etc
10:00 a.m.
Updates on Hypoxia Monitoring and Processing Findings and Future Plans
Chair: Dave Scheurer - NOAA
Speakers
10:45 a.m.
Updates on Hypoxia Monitoring and Processing Findings and Future Plans - Continued
Chair: Troy Pierce - EPA
Speakers

Gulf Hypoxia Glider Application (Part 1)

Time April 17th PM Session Details and Presentation Access
1:00 pm
Glider Plans, Trials, and Lessons Learned with D.O. - in the Gulf and Elsewhere
Chair: John Harding - NGI
Objective
  • Exploring the potential for using gliders in hypoxia monitoring and modeling
Speakers
2:20 p.m.
Commercial Manufacturers
Chair: Stephan Howden - USM
Objective
  • Present state-of-technology for glider application to northern Gulf hypoxia issues (dissolved oxygen detection, monitoring living marine resources, etc.)
Speakers

Hypoxia Modeling Technical Review

Time April 18th Session Details and Presentation Access
8:40 a.m.
Hypoxia Modeling Initiatives
Chair: John Harding - NGI
Objective
  • Present background and goals of new initiatives that target Gulf Hypoxia modeling
Speakers
9:30 am
Coupling Scenario Models to Causes and Impacts
Chair: Dave Kidwell - NOAA
Objective
  • Present progress in linking hypoxia models to living resource impacts, including potential for models to be used in LMR management
Speakers
10:15 a.m.
Gulf Modelers
Chair: Steve Ashby - NGI
Objective
  • Present scenario based modeling systems, focusing on application to key management questions, infrastructure, observational, and remaining research needs, and readiness for transition to operation
Speakers
1:00 pm
Gulf Modelers - continued
Chair: Chair: Dave Kidwell - NOAA
Speakers

Gulf Hypoxia Glider Application (Part 2)

Time April 18th Concurrent Session Details and Presentation Access
8:40 a.m.
Glider Writing Team
Chair: Jan Kurtz - EPA
Objective
  • Present additional details on context and review requirements for the application of glider hypoxia monitoring
Speakers
9:20 a.m.
Glider Implementation Plan
Chair: Stephan Howden - USM, Becky Baltes - NOAA and Lael Butler - EPA
Objective
  • Five working sessions for developing a framework for a Glider Implementation Plan

Also see the 2011 Workshop and the 2012 Workshop proceedings.