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Gulf of Mexico Alliance Multi-state Data Requirements. James C. Gibeaut Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Presented to: Coastal Engineering Research Board 86 th Meeting 2009 June 03, San Diego, California.

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Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Multi-state Data Requirements

  • James C. GibeautHarte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Presented to: Coastal Engineering Research Board 86th Meeting

2009 June 03, San Diego, California

History of Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Alliance Partners (State and Federal)

  • Action Plan II Addresses Four Major Challenges:

  • Sustaining Gulf Economy

  • Improving Ecosystem Health

  • Mitigating Impacts of Adapting to Climate Changes

  • Mitigating Harmful Effects to Coastal Water Quality

  • Alliance Issues of Regional Significance:

  • Water Quality for Healthy Beaches and Seafood (Florida)

  • Habitat Conservation and Restoration (Louisiana)

  • Ecosystems Integration and Assessment (Texas)

  • Reducing Nutrient Impacts to Coastal Ecosystems (Mississippi)

  • Coastal Community Resilience (Mississippi and Louisiana co-lead)

  • Environmental Education (Alabama)

Water Quality for Healthy Beaches

Focus Areas:


Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)

Mercury in Seafood


Water Quality for Healthy Beaches

Data Requirements:

Better methods to ID pathogens and track sources

Near real-time monitoring network and public information system for pathogens

Near real-time monitoring to detect, track, and forecast HABS: satellite imagery, buoys, field samples

Standardized water quality data collection and reporting

Habitat Conservation and Restoration

Focus Areas:

Expanded Partnerships

Policy Changes

Technology Development

Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan

Reversing the Downward Trend in Habitat and Ecosystem Services

Habitat Conservation and Restoration

Data Requirements:

Sediment inventories

Sediment budgets

Dredging activities

Restoration project monitoring data

Data on economic value of habitats

Standardized Geospatial database of habitat including restoration projects across the Gulf

Ecosystems Integration and Assessment

Focus Areas:

Gulf of Mexico Master Mapping Plan (GMMMP)

Data Access and Acquisition

Living Marine Resources

Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends Report

Ecological Services Valuation

  • Ecosystem Integration and Assessment

  • Data Requirements:

  • Information on recent and planned mapping data (type and coverage)

  • Legacy ecosystem-related geospatial data and reports for ongoing trend analysis of ecosystem change

  • Current habitat geospatial data in a standard classification system such as the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS)

  • Economic values of ecosystem services

Reducing Nutrient Impacts to Coastal EcosystemsFocus Areas:

Nutrient Characterization

Nutrient Criteria Development


Nutrient Reduction Strategies

  • Reducing Nutrient Impacts to Coastal Ecosystems

  • Data Requirements:

  • Routine and standardized water sampling for nutrients

  • Freshwater inflow amounts and character to coastal zones

  • Flow and nutrient data for drainage basins

  • Circulation data and models

  • Socioeconomic data to assess impacts of excess nutrients

Coastal Community Resilience

Focus Areas:

Risk and Resilience Assessment

Risk and Resilience Management Toolbox

Risk and Resilience Communication

Coastal Community Resilience

Data Requirements:

Relative sea-level change: long-term and detailed time series of land elevations and water levels

Detailed topographic lidar data of the coastal plain

Shoreline change and storm impacts: time series of shoreline lidar and photography data including post-storm surveys

Data on hazard mitigation projects and their status: e.g., levees and seawalls

Socioeconomic data

Environmental Education

Focus Areas:

Community Education and Outreach

Public Awareness

K through 20 Environmental Literacy

Economic Value Communication

Data Requirement “Themes”

Economic data for valuing the natural environment in terms of ecosystem services

Standard measures: water parameters and habitat classification

Data update frequency

Real time or near real time: water quality, HAB, storm impacts

One to five years: elevation, topography, bathymetry, restoration project monitoring, environmental permitting activities

Five to ten years: status and trends of coastal habitats

Information system: Regional Ecosystem Data Management (REDM) (NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center)

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