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The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision (2014)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Charge to the Advisory Group." National Research Council. 2014. The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18962.
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Appendix B     Charge to the Advisory Group

The Gulf Research Program Advisory Group is charged to develop an overarching vision that guides the Program as it starts. The group was asked to identify strategic directions, mission, and objectives to ensure that the Program has a significant, long-term impact and to identify how the Program operates (e.g., the balance among the three objectives of monitoring, research and development, and education and training in the three realms of oil system safety, environmental resources, and human health) and approaches to implementation, partnerships, and leveraging support. Specifically, the Advisory Group was charged to:

  • Lead a series of meetings to be held in Washington, DC, the Gulf region, and virtually to help us understand needs and opportunities in the three areas of our mission.
  • Assist in outreach and coordination with other organizations working in the Gulf region, including help in analysis of the mission, strengths, and weaknesses of related external programs and analysis of our mission and comparative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provide the intellectual leadership to guide the writing of a strategic plan for the program, including creation of the Program’s mission, goals, and objectives and discussion of how the program will do its work in the first 5 years.
  • Identify the strategic actions needed to implement the Program (short, medium, and long term), including, if possible, preliminary thinking about metrics to measure Program impact and data policy.
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Charge to the Advisory Group." National Research Council. 2014. The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18962.
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In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, resulting in significant impacts on the region's environment and residents. Legal settlements with the companies held responsible led the federal government to ask the National Academy of Sciences to form and administer a 30-year program to enhance oil system safety, human health, and environmental resources in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. continental shelf areas where offshore oil and gas exploration and production occur or are under consideration. The new Gulf Research Program will receive $500 million to support activities using three broad approaches: research and development, education and training, and environmental monitoring.

The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision establishes the Program's foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives. It describes some initial activities and sets out the Program's vision for contributing lasting benefit to the Gulf region and the nation. The Program is an extraordinary opportunity to foster science on a regional scale and over the long term.

The document will be of interest to scientists, health professionals, engineers, and educators who wish to learn about, collaborate with, and submit proposals to the Program, and to all those who share the goal of enhancing resilience in areas where offshore energy production, vibrant communities, and dynamic ecosystems coexist.

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