Gulf Research Program

Gulf Research Program The Gulf Research Program seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation.
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

Mission: Catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the Nation.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has put together this resource page highlighting several c...
10/21/2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has put together this resource page highlighting several collections of publications on disaster planning, response, and recovery .http://ow.ly/TeRb50BTYdn

At a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine webinar on extreme events and the COVID-19 pandemic, disa...
10/19/2020

At a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine webinar on extreme events and the COVID-19 pandemic, disaster preparedness experts discussed how their go-to preparedness plans for the hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires that come with warmer weather will survive this new reality.
http://ow.ly/uRNN50BTIWL

Hear from @theNASEM, @NOAA and members of the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable De...
10/16/2020
Introducing the National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science

Hear from @theNASEM, @NOAA and members of the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development on efforts to support a sustainable and healthy ocean on Oct. 16th. Register for the webinar today: http://ow.ly/F6fM50BNxS1
#oceandecade

You’re invited to a webinar introducing the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

On Oct. 16, join @theNASEM, @NOAA and members of the U.S. National Committee for a webinar on the launch of the U.N. Dec...
10/12/2020
Introducing the National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science

On Oct. 16, join @theNASEM, @NOAA and members of the U.S. National Committee for a webinar on the launch of the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and important issues related to ocean sciences. Register today: http://ow.ly/HG2M50BNxzi
#oceandecade

You’re invited to a webinar introducing the U.S. National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

There are many #measurement tools, but none of them is a silver bullet for #community resilience measurement. Each commu...
10/12/2020
Read "Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program" at NAP.edu

There are many #measurement tools, but none of them is a silver bullet for #community resilience measurement. Each community’s pathway toward resilience is unique—there is no one-size-fits-all for building community #resilience. The measures that a community uses depend on the community’s goals, and it is up to each community to figure out how to track or measure whether it is reaching its goals or how close it is at a given point in time. Resilience building does not equal the use of a specific measurement tool or set of resilience measurements. Rather, resilience building is a process that requires periodic measurement to assess progress toward resilience goals and ensure those goals are being met.

Read more about building a resilient community: http://ow.ly/WDS150BHjBD

Read chapter 4 For Communities: Actions for Building and Measuring Community Resilience: The frequency and severity of disasters over the last few decades...

The early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, and #mentorship provides help to navigate this period with...
10/07/2020

The early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, and #mentorship provides help to navigate this period with independence and flexibility. Furthering her #research in #environmental analytical chemistry recent 2020 Early Career Fellow, Phoebe Zito can expand her network of colleagues to contribute research in the #Gulf Coast region. http://ow.ly/15bL50BHjNH

“Be proactive! Get involved as much as you can, whether it’s through community events, helping your high school science teacher or doing internships at a local university over the summer. Get hands-on experience so you can figure out what it is that you want to do. For example, you may want to do research in a chemistry lab but after working in a lab, you discover you want to be the person who builds the instruments for a chemistry lab. Allowing yourself to experience research first hand will help you figure out what it is that you really want to do. Once you do the cliché, “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life” will ring true.”

The U.S. #Gulf of Mexico Coast provides a particularly relevant setting to study deeply connected natural and human inte...
10/05/2020
Read "Understanding the Long-Term Evolution of the Coupled Natural-Human Coastal System: The Future of the U.S. Gulf Coast" at NAP.edu

The U.S. #Gulf of Mexico Coast provides a particularly relevant setting to study deeply connected natural and human interactions. This is in large part because of the historical, and continuing, concentration of a wide range of #infrastructure and coastal development, much of it energy related, within a region that is highly vulnerable to #hurricane landfalls and is experiencing the most rapid rise in relative sea level in the United States. This confluence of intense, varied coastal development and rapid change in environmental stressors makes the Gulf Coast a harbinger of what is to come globally as the rates of sea level rise approach those at the end of the last glacial period—a time when many coastal systems were unable to keep pace and rapidly migrated landward.

Learn more ways about how hurricane landfalls impact the Gulf Coast region: http://ow.ly/fmUB50BHjtV

Read chapter 1 Introduction: The U.S. Gulf Coast provides a valuable setting to study deeply connected natural and human interactions and feedbacks that h...

Gaining first-hand experience with @theNASEM Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship, 2020 Fellow, Hanna Bauer w...
10/02/2020

Gaining first-hand experience with @theNASEM Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship, 2020 Fellow, Hanna Bauer will spend her year doing data-driven #ecosystem management #research to help improve the Gulf Coast region.

“I would tell high schoolers who are interested in pursuing science and research to always take opportunities to try something new because you never know what could capture your interest. There are so many topics and research methods to explore, even within a given field, and as a young scientist they are in the perfect position to do so.” ~Hanna Bauer

Learn more about the #GRPSPF fellows: http://ow.ly/3kVX50BAMgQ

Stephanie is a 2020 Early-Career Research emerging leader in #coastal #engineering at the University of South Alabama. T...
09/30/2020

Stephanie is a 2020 Early-Career Research emerging leader in #coastal #engineering at the University of South Alabama. Through this fellowship she is able to pursue unique collaborations to take risks on #research that better prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers for coastal challenges. http://ow.ly/xIdg50BALQW

“After accepting my faculty position at South, my husband and I flew down to Mobile for his interview with USACE where he works now. We arrived late at night, maybe close to midnight, and drove to a little cottage we rented in Fairhope. It was dark, so we really didn't get to see much. The next morning, we drove across the Bayway (I-10 bridge across Mobile Bay) toward downtown Mobile for the interview. And we were breathless. The bay was flat, the sun was as bright as it could be, not a cloud in the sky, pelicans flew alongside our vehicle. And we felt completely at home. That's my favorite early memory of the Gulf Coast. I hope, with my research and collaborations with amazing people across the Gulf Coast, we can further our understanding of coastal processes, how they are affected by sea level rise, the interactions between the natural and built environments, and what people can do to adapt to future storms and rising seas. I hope we can develop strategies that protect and sustain our way of life and the Gulf Coast culture. I also hope we can continue educating our middle and high school students about coastal issues so the next generations are better prepared for future coastal challenges”~ Stephanie Smallegan, 2020 Early-Career Research Fellow

Thank you to all those who participated in the first committee meeting on Progress and Opportunities toward Decreasing t...
09/29/2020

Thank you to all those who participated in the first committee meeting on Progress and Opportunities toward Decreasing the Risk of Offshore Energy Operations. Visit our website to learn more about the study and view meeting materials. http://ow.ly/yNUc50BElJ9

Understanding the dynamics of the LCS is fundamental to understanding the Gulf of Mexico’s full oceanographic system and...
09/28/2020

Understanding the dynamics of the LCS is fundamental to understanding the Gulf of Mexico’s full oceanographic system and vice versa. #Hurricane intensity, #offshore safety, harmful algal blooms, oil spill response, the entire Gulf food chain, shallow-water nutrient supply, the fishing industry, tourism, and the Gulf Coast economy are all affected by the position, strength, and structure of the LC and associated eddies. Although the LC is the dominant physical oceanographic feature in the #Gulf, the episodic northward intrusion into the Gulf of Mexico and the associated eddy shedding are not clearly understood.

Read the full report: http://ow.ly/cP6250BALOH

Disaster can strike anywhere–often without warning. We must always be prepared and resilient in the face of adversity. O...
09/05/2020

Disaster can strike anywhere–often without warning. We must always be prepared and resilient in the face of adversity.

Our emergency preparedness collection provides guidelines for disaster readiness and response. http://ow.ly/5Xqq50wonVi

The Gulf Research Program has been mobilizing research in the Gulf for the past five years, using science to make a diff...
09/04/2020

The Gulf Research Program has been mobilizing research in the Gulf for the past five years, using science to make a difference in people’s lives. Watch our video series to learn more. http://ow.ly/KBYf50zLUva

Urban flooding is a complex and distinct kind of flooding, compounded by land use and high population density.FEMA Feder...
09/03/2020

Urban flooding is a complex and distinct kind of flooding, compounded by land use and high population density.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal, state, county, and city government agencies have roles in preparing for and responding to flood impacts. http://ow.ly/d2tg50BdtYy

Marine mammals face a large array of stressors, including loss of habitat, chemical and noise pollution, and bycatch in ...
09/02/2020

Marine mammals face a large array of stressors, including loss of habitat, chemical and noise pollution, and bycatch in fishing. It is critical for scientists to survey risks and identify new approaches to improve the ecosystem. http://ow.ly/Chne50zljJB

09/01/2020
The Gulf Research Program

Born out of the tragedy of Deepwater Horizon, the Gulf Research Program conducts science-based research to improve offshore energy safety, protect the environment, and enhance the health and resilience of Gulf communities.

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The structure of the Loop Current System has major implications for oil and gas operations, hurricane intensity, and coa...
08/31/2020

The structure of the Loop Current System has major implications for oil and gas operations, hurricane intensity, and coastal ecosystems. More research on this oceanographic system can better protect coastal communities from climate impacts. http://ow.ly/Pug850ABiqr

NOW HIRING: The GRP is currently hiring a Director for the GRP Board on Offshore Energy Safety, a Director for the GRP E...
08/27/2020

NOW HIRING: The GRP is currently hiring a Director for the GRP Board on Offshore Energy Safety, a Director for the GRP Environmental Program, and an Awards Specialist for the Board on GRP Education and Engagement.

Apply now: http://ow.ly/sQh250AZNLl.

Oil spills affect animals and plants in two ways: from the oil itself and from cleanup operations. Understanding both ty...
08/26/2020

Oil spills affect animals and plants in two ways: from the oil itself and from cleanup operations. Understanding both types of impacts can help spill responders minimize overall impacts to ecological communities and help them to recover much more quickly. http://ow.ly/LJq450y8CXz

As tropical storm Laura is moving over the Gulf of Mexico, Argo floats deployed by the UGOS team from Woods Hole Oceanog...
08/25/2020

As tropical storm Laura is moving over the Gulf of Mexico, Argo floats deployed by the UGOS team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will measure Gulf waters temperature and salinity.

The project has been supported by the GRP to improve our understanding and predictions of the Loop Current. The recorded data may also help us understand the interactions between the Loop Current, tropical storms, and hurricanes. http://ow.ly/Lihn50B8zcT

Tropical Storm Laura is predicted to move over instruments deployed by the University of Rhode Island's UGOS team. Suppo...
08/24/2020

Tropical Storm Laura is predicted to move over instruments deployed by the University of Rhode Island's UGOS team.

Supported by the GRP, the project records data that may help us understand the interactions between the Loop Current, tropical storms, and hurricanes. https://web.uri.edu/ugos/

Science provides the knowledge to manage the risks of the ocean. A National Academies report identifies sea-level rise, ...
08/24/2020

Science provides the knowledge to manage the risks of the ocean. A National Academies report identifies sea-level rise, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, and geohazards as some of priority areas for ocean science research in the next decade. http://ow.ly/vY7g50ygl4Z

The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences...
08/23/2020

The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms and climate change.

Continuity of ocean observations is vital to gain an accurate understanding of the climate. http://ow.ly/JXOL50wICkW

Last year, Charleston set a record for the number of flood days. “We cannot simply build walls and hold water out. We ha...
08/20/2020

Last year, Charleston set a record for the number of flood days. “We cannot simply build walls and hold water out. We have to change our relationship to water,” says GRP's Dan Burger in a recent The Water Council interview. http://ow.ly/8ML850B4CU5

Improving health and well-being starts by strengthening community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region. The GRP aims ...
08/17/2020

Improving health and well-being starts by strengthening community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region. The GRP aims to enhance health and well-being by working with local communities to put science into action to benefit all in the Gulf. http://ow.ly/il6z50AZO9b

Oysters play a big role in marine and coastal environments but face many threats, from pollution to changing ocean condi...
08/12/2020
15 Facts About Oysters and the Need to Protect Them

Oysters play a big role in marine and coastal environments but face many threats, from pollution to changing ocean conditions to dredging. Here are 15 things you might be surprised to learn about oysters.

Did you know a raw oyster is still alive as you eat it? Or that people have consumed them since prehistoric times? Or that oysters filter and clean water while they eat?

Congratulations to our twenty 2020 Early-Career Research fellows. Follow the journeys of these emerging scientific leade...
08/10/2020

Congratulations to our twenty 2020 Early-Career Research fellows. Follow the journeys of these emerging scientific leaders as we learn more about their research, goals, and collaborations. http://ow.ly/lIoq50ARQU5.

08/09/2020

“The future of humanity lies here on planet Earth. And that is why we need to understand what’s going on in the ocean. Because it’s in the ocean that our future sustenance— be it health, energy— lies.” —Peter Thomson, U.N. Special Envoy for the Ocean

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 Early-Career Research fellows have been selected! They will be pursuing researc...
08/06/2020

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 Early-Career Research fellows have been selected! They will be pursuing research at the intersections of environmental protection, health and resilience, and offshore energy safety.

Visit our website for a full list of fellows: http://ow.ly/gsoR50AROLB.

Please join us TODAY at 3:00 PM ET for a webinar focused on post-Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts in the Gulf of Me...
08/04/2020
Restoring the Gulf after DWH: Perspective from the Front Lines

Please join us TODAY at 3:00 PM ET for a webinar focused on post-Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Please join us for a Gulf Research Program webinar focused on restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico region.

NOW HIRING: The GRP is hiring an Awards Specialist to join our team. In this position, you will work with staff to run t...
08/03/2020

NOW HIRING: The GRP is hiring an Awards Specialist to join our team. In this position, you will work with staff to run the administrative and technical aspects of the GRP fellowship programs.

Apply now: http://ow.ly/TR4Z50AfJMO

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The Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The program seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the Nation. The program has $500 million for use over 30 years to fund studies, projects, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and capacity, and monitoring and synthesis.

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The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. The program funds studies, projects, and other activities to solve challenges at the intersections of human, environmental, and offshore energy systems.

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