Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research

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The Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research will be held March 29 to 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas, in concert with our State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit.

The Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research will be scheduled for March 29 to 30, 2017, in Houston Texas to coincide with the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, scheduled for March 26 to 28. Several of the activities scheduled for the Summit will have direct impact on the workshop and will help set the stage for a successful activity.

The workshop will address existing research programs and identify knowledge gaps for future research opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico, by bringing together scientists from the U.S. and Mexico from across a range of disciplines. There will be three thematic areas – baseline studies; fates and effects studies; and, environmental monitoring. Participation will be by invitation only with a target of 20-50 in each thematic area for a maximum of 150 workshop participants.

Target participation goals: No more than ten state or federal agency scientists per thematic area and at least ten Mexican scientists in each thematic area. All other participants will have one or more of the following attributes:

  • International research experience in Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Experience or expertise in nearshore systems - Gulf of Mexico
  • Experience or expertise in deep-water systems - Gulf of Mexico
  • Experience or expertise in socio-economic aspects related to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Particular knowledge or experience in one or more of the thematic areas related to the Gulf of Mexico

Topics of interest to be addressed at the workshop will broadly include marine mammals and protected species, habitat and ecology, physical oceanography, water and air quality, and social science and economics, with consideration given to appropriate observational, laboratory, and modeling methodologies. Identification of interdisciplinary approaches to studies which integrate perspectives across disciplines that encourage or help facilitate ecosystem-based understanding and management approaches will be a priority.