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 early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time. If you're looking for independence, flexibility, and a bui...
11/27/2020

The early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time. If you're looking for independence, flexibility, and a built-in network to pursue your #research, apply to the #GRP_ECRF Human Health and Community Resilience Track on Dec. 2nd. http://ow.ly/eq9L50CsPPD

On Dec. 2nd, #scientists, #engineers, and #health professionals can start applying to the GRP Early-Career Research Fell...
11/25/2020

On Dec. 2nd, #scientists, #engineers, and #health professionals can start applying to the GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship starting with the Human Health and Community Resilience Track. Learn about the ECRF Tracks benefiting the Gulf: http://ow.ly/aHQG50CsPEa

11/19/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Policy Leadership Series with The Honorable Mary Landrieu. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join Resources for the Future for a conversation with GRP Division Committee Member and former US Senator Mary Landrieu on energy and climate policy. Senator Landrieu will discuss topics including environmental economics, disasters, and resilience. Register for tomorrow's webinar. http://ow.ly/AipI50Coopk

Please join Resources for the Future (RFF) on Friday, November 20, for a Policy Leadership Series event with The Honorable Mary Landrieu. Sen. Landrieu is a former US Senator for Louisiana, a Senior Policy Advisor at Van Ness Feldman LLP, and a member of the RFF Board of Directors. RFF President and...

“In order to make informed decisions that ensure the U.S. Gulf Coast region remains resilient — and habitable — for futu...
11/16/2020
Awards | Healthy Ecosystems Grant Awards | National Academies

“In order to make informed decisions that ensure the U.S. Gulf Coast region remains resilient — and habitable — for future generations, we need to understand much better the connections between natural processes and human activities in the region,” said Laura Windecker, program officer for the GRP.

Learn more about our 2020 grant awardees.
http://ow.ly/6bKB50CiU8b

Healthy Ecosystems Grant Awards

Workers’ safety behaviors in the offshore sector reveal many issues related to worker empowerment and safety, including ...
11/06/2020
The Human Factors of Process Safety and Worker Empowerment in the Offshore Oil Industry: Proceedings of a Workshop

Workers’ safety behaviors in the offshore sector reveal many issues related to worker empowerment and safety, including worker engagement, participation, prioritization of safety over production, workplace culture, employee voice, job insecurity, and layoffs.

These and other factors can be combined into a framework that provides a way of analyzing the effects of both context and workplace conditions on worker empowerment and safety behaviors.

View this framework for an overview of what context and management decisions mean for worker empowerment: http://ow.ly/Xsgi50C8DCQ

Download a PDF of "The Human Factors of Process Safety and Worker Empowerment in the Offshore Oil Industry" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free.

Human life is the first priority in marine oil spill response. Hence, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Area Continge...
11/04/2020
The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response

Human life is the first priority in marine oil spill response. Hence, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Area Contingency Plans place top priority on decisions affecting human health and safety. After human safety, the next priority is development of a response strategy that most effectively reduces environmental consequences, offers the greatest protection, or promotes the fastest recovery.

Determining whether the use of dispersants is appropriate for a given oil spill scenario requires decision-making tools for assessing the relative benefits of the various response options. These tools incorporate available information to estimate the likely fate and transport of oil and dispersant components and to assess the effects associated with human and environmental exposure to oil and dispersant components.

Learn the decision-making tools appropriate for assessing various response options: http://ow.ly/Cti750C8EbN

Download a PDF of "The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free.

Join us in welcoming Jim Pettigrew as the new Director for Offshore Energy Safety. Pettigrew joins the Gulf Research Pro...
11/02/2020

Join us in welcoming Jim Pettigrew as the new Director for Offshore Energy Safety. Pettigrew joins the Gulf Research Program from the Ocean Energy Safety Institute. Prior to that, Pettigrew worked in the U.S. Navy for three decades, predominately in operational oceanography and surface and information warfare.

Fall greetings from the Gulf Research Program! We carved up this GRP inspired pumpkin to celebrate. In supporting a safe...
10/31/2020

Fall greetings from the Gulf Research Program! We carved up this GRP inspired pumpkin to celebrate. In supporting a safer, more resilient, and sustainable future for the Gulf and all those who call the region home, the GRP uses science, engineering, and medical knowledge to empower its citizens and to enhance offshore energy safety, environmental protection and stewardship, and Gulf health and resilience.

Learn more about the Gulf RP: http://ow.ly/Mqmu50C825j

Join us today at 12:00PM ET for a focused discussion on the decision-making frameworks and implementation of ecosystem r...
10/29/2020
Planning and Decision-Making Frameworks for Ecosystem Restoration

Join us today at 12:00PM ET for a focused discussion on the decision-making frameworks and implementation of ecosystem restoration and economic recovery. Be sure to attend a Q&A session with our panelists following the presentations.

Register now: http://ow.ly/jKPZ50C0hIG

Please join us for the third Offshore Situation Room webinar focused on post-Deepwater Horizon ecosystem restoration and economic recovery.

Join Dr. Karen Hyun from the National Audubon Society Society on October 29 for the GRP Offshore Situation Room webinar....
10/28/2020

Join Dr. Karen Hyun from the National Audubon Society Society on October 29 for the GRP Offshore Situation Room webinar. Dr. Hyun will discuss ecosystem restoration and the development and implementation of Audubon’s vision for the Gulf.

Register Today: http://ow.ly/VQB550C4fdk

Join Carl Ferraro from Stantec on October 29 for the GRP Offshore Situation Room webinar. Mr. Ferraro will discuss resto...
10/27/2020

Join Carl Ferraro from Stantec on October 29 for the GRP Offshore Situation Room webinar. Mr. Ferraro will discuss restoration methodologies and their trade-offs, and explore how ecosystem services and natural capital valuations inform the implementation of restoration projects.

Sign up now: http://ow.ly/akI850C4fAu

Dr. Lydia Olander will share how ecosystem service logic models and standardized socio-economic metrics can be used to m...
10/26/2020

Dr. Lydia Olander will share how ecosystem service logic models and standardized socio-economic metrics can be used to monitor social and economic outcomes of Gulf restoration projects. Join Dr. Olander from Duke University on October. 29, for our third Offshore Situation Room webinar.

Register Today: http://ow.ly/tIex50C2BWm

Dr. David Yoskowtiz will discuss the social and economic factors that inform the restoration decision-making process. Jo...
10/25/2020

Dr. David Yoskowtiz will discuss the social and economic factors that inform the restoration decision-making process. Join Dr. Yoskowtiz the Harte Research Institute October 29 for the GRP Offshore Situation Room webinar.

Register Today: http://ow.ly/G5zu50C218P

Join our discussion on October 29, focusing on the decision-making frameworks and implementation of ecosystem restoratio...
10/24/2020
Planning and Decision-Making Frameworks for Ecosystem Restoration

Join our discussion on October 29, focusing on the decision-making frameworks and implementation of ecosystem restoration and economic recovery, during the Offshore Situation Room webinar: Planning and Decision-Making Frameworks for Ecosystem Restoration.

Register Today: http://ow.ly/nQiv50C0exN

Please join us for the third Offshore Situation Room webinar focused on post-Deepwater Horizon ecosystem restoration and economic recovery.

In an effort to build community capacity and resilience to disasters. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, a...
10/23/2020

In an effort to build community capacity and resilience to disasters. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is reaching out to communities across the State of Texas to collect stories about how people have successfully adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will capture the varied ways communities in Texas are successfully responding to COVID-19. These stories will be shared with other communities across the nation.

Learn more and share your story: http://ow.ly/voB050BTYSF

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

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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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Open to the public in December 11, 2019 “The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Gulf Coast Business Council is hosting the “Bonnet Carre Spillway and Louisiana Diversions Forum” from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of South Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.”
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Gulf Coast Business Council will host the Bonnet Carre Spillway & Louisiana Diversions Forum next Wednesday, December 11th. The Bonnet Carre Spillway & Louisiana Diversions Forum Wednesday, December 11th, 1:30 -- 5:30 p.m. USM Gulfpark Campus, Fleming Auditorium Doors open - 1:00 p.m. Program - 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Reception - 5:30 p.m. If you want your voice to be heard and effectuate change, please attend whether you are from Louisiana or Mississippi. Save our Estuaries!
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