Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant
Founded on the Land Grant concept, Sea Grant programs are university-based institutions utilizing research, outreach and education to foster understanding, wise use and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. The Region comprises Sea Grant Programs in the five states bordering The Gulf of Mexico including Florida, Lousiana, Mississippi-Alabama, and Texas.
Some of the previously funded Gulf Sea Grant projects include:
- Evaluation of LISST instruments to monitor for harmful algal blooms (HABS) in Texas coastal waters
- Use of stable isotope ratios to link wastewater sources to effects on shellfish and human health
- Assessment of supercritical CO2 inactivation of oyster associated bacteria
- Influence of nutrient and sediment load on the ability to define beneficial flows for Galveston Bay, Texas
- Development of new geospatial technology/traditional ecological knowledge derived information tools for restoration of ecosystem-dependent livelihood bases of coastal communities
- Wetland restoration with sediment conveyance: an experimental approach to reduce uncertainties in attaining successful restoration
- Development of design criteria for habitat restoration in the Louisiana coastal zone using dredge material based on the physical and chemical properties of the soil environment
- Predicting impacts of coastal habitat degradation on an economically important fish
The National Sea Grant College Program works to create and maintain healthy coastal environments and economies. The Sea Grant network includes 32 programs based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The programs of the Sea Grant network work together to help citizens understand, conserve and better utilize America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources. One of four national strategic priorities through 2013 is to improve the resilience of coastal communities to hazards, including the effects of climate change. NOAA Sea Grant plays local and national roles to inform policy and management, help communities prepare for climate impacts, and support economic resilience and opportunity. See the National Sea Grant College Program organization entry for more information.