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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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Workshop Agenda


Opportunity Analysis Workshop for Environmental Monitoring

September 3-4, 2014

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA

 

 

 

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Inform the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board and staff of concrete opportunities for the Program to develop and support in the realm of environmental monitoring.
  2. Identify the environmental monitoring needs for a) developing ecosystem services models that in turn can inform habitat restoration, and b) improving the understanding of the physical and biological attributes of the deep Gulf of Mexico to enhance environmental protection from the impacts of oil exploration in the deep and ultra-deep water.
  3. With respect to these themes, identify any areas for innovation and long-term monitoring, identify and discuss what other entities are already addressing or attempting to address those needs, and identify opportunities and mechanisms for potential partnerships.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Vieux Carre Room—Rooftop

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
   
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Gulf Research Program Overview
  Kim Waddell, Gulf Research Program
   
8:45 a.m. Overview of the Workshop Objectives/Introduction of First Two Speakers
  Don Boesch, University of Maryland
   
9:00 a.m. Environmental Monitoring Lessons from NEON: Opportunities for the Gulf of Mexico
  Russ Lea, NEON
   
9:30 a.m. Valuing Ecosystem Services for Coastal Protection And Restoration: Progress and Challenges
  Ed Barbier, University of Wyoming
   
10:00 a.m. Discussion/Q&A
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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10:30 a.m. Break
   
10:45 a.m. PANEL 1:
  Questions for panelists:

1) What are the environmental monitoring needs for developing ecosystem services models that in turn can inform habitat restoration?

2) What opportunities for innovation and long-term monitoring should our program consider?

   
  7 minutes prepared comments, followed by a panel discussion:

• Chris Shepard, TNC

• Pat Barnes, BFA

• Ruth Perry, Shell

• Sandra Werner, ExxonMobil

   
12:15 p.m. Lunch/Guest Speaker
  GCOOS Build-out Plan Update
  Landry Bernard, GCOOS
   
1:30 p.m. PANEL 2:
  Questions for panelists:

1) What are the environmental monitoring needs for developing ecosystem services models that in turn can inform habitat restoration?

2) What opportunities for innovation and long-term monitoring should our program consider?

   
  7 minutes prepared comments, followed by a panel discussion

• Becky Allee, NOAA

• Jon Porthouse, NFWF

• Chuanmin Hu, USF

• Nancy Rabalais, LUMCON

   
2:30 p.m. Break
   
2:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION 1
  Context and Goals

1) In addition to the monitoring needs and opportunities for innovation identified by the panelists, are there other important ones that were not mentioned?

2) Building on the ideas and opportunities identified, what are the appropriate mechanisms for addressing those needs and opportunities?

3) What other entities, if any, are already addressing or attempting to address those needs? Are there opportunities for potential partnerships?

   
 

1: Moderator: Kerry St. Pé/Rapporteur: Evonne Tang

2: Moderator: Bob Carney/Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen

3: Moderator: LaDon Swann/Rapporteur: Kim Waddell

4: Moderator: Cort Cooper/Rapporteur: Chris Elfring

   
4:15 p.m. Reports from Breakout Groups (10 minutes each) and Group Discussion

1: Rapporteur: Evonne Tang, GRP

2: Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen, GRP

3: Rapporteur: Kim Waddell, GRP

4: Rapporteur: Chris Elfring, GRP

   
5:15 p.m. Closing Comments; Meeting Adjourns for Day 1
   
5:45 p.m. Reception
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Vieux Carre Room—Rooftop

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
   
8:30 a.m. Welcome
   
8:35 a.m. Opening Comments: Overview of Day 2 Theme and Introduction of Speakers
  Robert Carney, LSU
   
8:50 a.m. Planning for Environmental Impacts in the Deep Sea: A Case Study of Deep-Sea Mining
  Cindy Van Dover, Duke University
   
9:35 a.m. Oil Industry priorities for Environmental Monitoring: Opportunities for Partnerships
  Cortis Cooper, Chevron
   
10:05 a.m. Break
   
10:20 a.m. PANEL 3
  Questions for panelists:

1) What do we need to understand of the physical and biological attributes of the deep Gulf of Mexico to enhance environmental protection from the impacts of oil exploration in the deep and ultra-deep water?

2) What opportunities for innovation and long-term monitoring should our program consider?

   
  7 minutes prepared comments, followed by a panel discussion

• David Yoskowitz, TAMU-CC/NOAA

• Mark Benfield, LSU

• Pat Roscigno, BOEM

• Antonio Mannino, NASA

   
11:50 a.m. Lunch/Guest Speaker
  Gulf of Mexico Data Management Infrastructure Needs and Challenges, Russ Beard, NOAA
   
1:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION 2
  Context and Goals:

1) In addition to the monitoring needs and opportunities for innovation identified by the panelists, are there other important ones that were not mentioned?

2) Building on the ideas and opportunities identified, what are the appropriate mechanisms for addressing those needs and opportunities?

3) What other entities, if any, are already addressing or attempting to address those needs? Are there opportunities for potential partnerships?

   
 

1: Moderator: Kerry St. Pe/Rapporteur: Evonne Tang

2: Moderator: Bob Carney/Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen

3: Moderator: LaDon Swann/Rapporteur: Kim Waddell

4: Moderator: Cort Cooper/Rapporteur: Chris Elfring

   
2:45 p.m. Break
   
3:00 p.m. Reports from Breakout Groups (10 minutes each) and Group Discussion
 

1: Rapporteur: Evonne Tang, GRP

2: Rapporteur: LeighAnne Olsen, GRP

3: Rapporteur: Kim Waddell, GRP

4: Rapporteur: Chris Elfring, GRP

   
4:00 p.m. Closing Comments
  Kim Waddell, Gulf Research Program
  Kerry St. Pé, Gulf Research Program Advisory Group
   
4:15 p.m. Meeting Adjourns
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." 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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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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