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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21673.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE

GULF RESEARCH PROGRAM

Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration
and Deep Water Environments

SUMMARY OF A WORKSHOP

GULF 

RESEARCH PROGRAM

INNOVATE | EDUCATE | COLLABORATE
   
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21673.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE

GULF RESEARCH PROGRAM

Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration
and Deep Water Environments

SUMMARY OF A WORKSHOP

Gulf Research Program

Kim Waddell and Steve Olson, Rapporteurs

GULF 

RESEARCH PROGRAM

INNOVATE | EDUCATE | COLLABORATE
   
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21673.
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2015. Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21673.
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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr., is president of the National Academy of Engineering.

The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Victor J. Dzau is president of the Institute of Medicine.

The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy’s purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone and Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr., are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the National Research Council.

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ABOUT THE GULF RESEARCH PROGRAM

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.

To inform program planning, the Gulf Research Program held three Opportunity Analysis Workshops in 2014: Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs, Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments, and Community Resilience and Health. These workshops are part of an ongoing effort to elicit input from experts, practitioners, and community members on key opportunities to translate the Program’s strategic vision into activities that will benefit communities in the Gulf region and beyond. The workshops are expected to lead to the development of additional Program activities and opportunities for the research and education communities.

The Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs Opportunity Analysis workshop was delegated to the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academy of Sciences. The Gulf Research Program gratefully acknowledges the assistance that the Board on Higher Education and Workforce provided during the planning and execution of this workshop.

For more information on the Gulf Research Program and to access the additional Opportunity Analysis workshop reports, see www.nas.edu/gulf.

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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE GULF RESEARCH PROGRAM

DONALD BOESCH, University of Maryland, Cambridge

ROBERT CARNEY, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

CORTIS COOPER, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California

LaDON SWANN, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Staff

KIM WADDELL, Senior Program Officer

TERI THOROWGOOD, Manager Administrative Services

Consultant

STEVE OLSON, Consultant Writer and Rapporteur

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GULF RESEARCH PROGRAM
Advisory Group

BARBARA A. SCHAAL (Chair), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

DONALD F. BOESCH, University of Maryland, Cambridge

ROBERT S. CARNEY, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

STEPHEN R. CARPENTER, University of Wisconsin, Madison

CORTIS K. COOPER, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California

COURTNEY COWART, Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

ROBERT A. DUCE, Texas A&M University, College Station

DEBORAH L. ESTRIN, Cornell New York City Tech, New York

CHRISTOPHER B. FIELD, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California

GERARDO GOLD-BOUCHOT, Center for Research and Advanced Studies at Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

LYNN R. GOLDMAN, George Washington University, Washington, DC

BERNARD D. GOLDSTEIN, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

THOMAS O. HUNTER, Sandia National Laboratories (retired), Albuquerque, New Mexico

SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

ASHANTI JOHNSON, University of Texas, Arlington, and Institute for Broadening Participation, Damariscotta, Maine

DAVID M. KARL, University of Hawaii, Honolulu

MOLLY McCAMMON, Alaska Ocean Observing System, Anchorage

LINDA A. McCAULEY, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

J. STEVEN PICOU, University of South Alabama, Mobile

EDUARDO SALAS, University of Central Florida, Orlando

KERRY MICHAEL ST. PÉ, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (retired), Thibodaux, Louisiana

ARNOLD F. STANCELL, Mobil Oil (retired), Greenwich, Connecticut

LaDON SWANN, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

JAMES W. ZIGLAR, Van Ness Feldman, Washington, DC

MARK D. ZOBACK, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Staff

CHRIS ELFRING, Executive Director

BETHANY MABEE, Research Associate

LEIGHANNE OLSEN, Senior Program Officer

EVONNE TANG, Senior Program Officer

TERI THOROWGOOD, Manager, Administrative Services

KIM WADDELL, Senior Program Officer

MAGGIE WALSER, Senior Program Officer

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the summary meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary:

Cortis Cooper, Chevron Corporation;

Paul Montagna, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; and

Alisha Renfro, National Wildlife Federation

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this summary was overseen by Linda Blum of the University of Virginia. Appointed by the National Research Council, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this summary rests entirely with the authors and the institution.

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Environmental monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico poses extensive challenges and significant opportunities. Multiple jurisdictions manage this biogeographically and culturally diverse region, whose monitoring programs tend to be project-specific by design and funding. As a result, these programs form more of a monitoring patchwork then a network. At the same time, the Gulf monitoring community faces a unique opportunity to organize and think differently about monitoring - including how best to allocate and manage the resources for this large marine ecosystem and its communities - as a result of the infusion of resources for environmental restoration and related activities after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Monitoring Ecosystem Restoration and Deep Water Environments summarizes a Gulf Research Program workshop held on September 3-4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshop gathered about 40 participants from the energy industry, state and federal government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to examine two broad issues that were seen as time-sensitive opportunities in light of significant investments in the Gulf for restoration and accelerating development of energy resources in the deep Gulf: monitoring ecosystem restoration and deep water environments. As participants explored potential opportunities for the Program to consider, they noted the essential role that communication and outreach play in successful monitoring, and the importance of applying an ecosystem service approach to monitoring, forging partnerships among stakeholders, and supporting efforts to organize and manage monitoring data.

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