NOAA's National Ocean Service/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science , and Northern Gulf Institute held its 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.
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Identify and coordinate partner interests for establishing a cooperative monitoring program for the Gulf hypoxic zone that achieves management-driven objectives.
The purpose of this workshop was to develop a framework for a multi-partner Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone monitoring program, and planned 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 was prepared as a pre-meeting document which was 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.
Hypoxia Forum Steering Committee
Presentations are currently available for viewing and download from an online version of the final workshop agenda available here.