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Using Shared Science to Protect Common Resources and Bridge Diplomatic Divides

Marine species don’t recognize international borders or exclusive economic zones — and a new article says science focused on conserving oceanic species and habitats should also transcend these human boundaries.
6-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Uncrewed Systems are Revolutionizing Hurricane Forecasting

A paper published in the peer review magazine Oceanography shows that robotic ocean observing platforms can improve intensity forecasts for hurricanes and tropical storms and should be supported as a crucial component of the ocean infrastructure...
1-Jun-2022 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

GCOOS Spring Meeting Features Gulf, National Ocean Observing Updates

Speakers provided updates on the ocean-observing infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. during the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System’s (GCOOS) recent spring meeting. The plenary speaker was Dr. William Burnett, Director...
1-Jun-2022 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

GCOOS Joins New $360 Million National Effort Focused on Water Hazards and Water Resources

The new Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH, will be headquartered at the Alabama Water Institute. It is a consortium of 28 academic institutions, non-profit organizations and government and industry partners —...
7-Apr-2022 5:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Quantifying the Economic Costs of Red Tide

University of Florida research has quantified the financial shock that a 2018 red tide bloom had to Florida’s economy using the Airbnb market as a gauge to the broader impacts.
7-Apr-2022 4:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Underwater Glider that Could — and Did

For the first time, a glider deployed in the Gulf of Mexico traveled south into the Gulf Stream, around the tip of Florida, through the Florida Straits and north to South Carolina — a trip of some 2,387 miles (3,842 km). The trip was a test to see...
24-Feb-2022 4:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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How Bad is the Bloom? New Indexes Developed to Gauge Severity of Red Tides

Authors of a new paper recently published in the peer-review journal PLOS One have developed a new Bloom Severity Index and a new Respiratory Irritation Index for red tide blooms in the Gulf of Mexico — the first standardized and objective way to...
22-Feb-2022 10:10 AM EST Add to Favorites

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New Report Lays Out a Strategic Approach to Red Tide Communications

For the first time, researchers have developed a communication model to provide a variety of Florida’s agencies with a statewide strategic infrastructure. The model also includes recommendations on how to streamline the process of providing red...
22-Sep-2021 11:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and the only certified system dedicated solely to the Gulf of Mexico. Our mission is to provide timely, reliable, accurate and on-demand information on the open ocean and coastal ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico to ensure a healthy, clean, productive ocean and resilient coastal zone. We work with members across the five Gulf coast states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

GCOOS is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for developing a network of business leaders, marine scientists, resource managers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholder groups that combine their data to provide timely information about our oceans — similar to the information gathered by the National Weather Service to develop weather forecasts. Visit us online at gcoos.org.


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