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New land formation in Atchafalaya Bay at the mouths of the Wax Lake Outlet and the Atchafalaya River. Credit: NASA.
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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. 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. It funds grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.

Oil spill cleanup_Santa Barbara_NOAA-US Coast GuardGulf Research Program and Sea Grant to Collaborate on Regional Oil Spill Preparedness Workshops

The Gulf Research Program is collaborating with the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program to convene a series of workshops aimed at improving community preparedness for future oil spills. The workshops will bring together practitioners and stakeholders in five coastal regions around the United States to discuss the health, social, and economic impacts of oil spills and identify regional needs and priorities for improving preparedness. The workshops are being organized in response to a 2017 National Academies workshop that identified opportunities for action to improve protection of community health and well-being from oil spills.

Read the full press release to learn more.

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Understanding Long-Term Evolution of Gulf Coastal System - Report CoverNew Report Identifies Critical Areas of Research Needed to Improve Understanding of U.S. Gulf Coast's Natural-Human System

The U.S. Gulf Coast is a complex, dynamic region where natural processes and human activities are deeply intertwined. As sea levels rise, severe weather intensifies, and population growth brings increasing coastal development and accumulating amounts of infrastructure, this coupled natural-human coastal system is under increasing pressure from multiple stressors. A better understanding of the physical, ecological, and human aspects of the Gulf’s natural-human coastal system can help promote resilience and future habitability in the area, as well as support effective decision-making and policies.

A newly released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, sponsored by the Gulf Research Program, identifies critical knowledge gaps where research is needed to increase understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between human and natural processes along the Gulf Coast, along with a research agenda and strategies to help address these gaps. The report also presents barriers to effective communication between scientists and stakeholders and opportunities to address these barriers.

Hurricane HarveyGRP Awards Over $628,000 to Assist Scientific Research Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

We have awarded 11 additional grants totaling $287,565 to assist in the recovery of Gulf Coast scientific research efforts impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These awards are the result of the second of two fast-track grant cycles for Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants announced last November to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, or other research materials damaged or lost as a result of the hurricanes and their aftermaths. Eleven grant awards totaling $341,283 were announced in April for the first cycle of the GRP’s Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants. A total of 22 awards amounting to $628,848 have been made for both cycles.

To learn more about the projects, read the full press release or visit the grant awards page.

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