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The projects and publications on this page represent work directly undertaken or led by the Gulf Research Program and its staff.

Loop Current imageAdvancing Understanding of Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Dynamics
Currently in progress. The AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has formed a committee to make recommendations to the Gulf Research Program on activities – including research, observations, and analyses – needed to characterize the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System dynamics and improve the effectiveness of modeling and forecasting efforts. Learn more about the study here.

There are many connections between human communities and their surrounding environments that influence community resilience and health in the Gulf of Mexico. The impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf communities and ecosystems - coupled with the region's preexisting health challenges and environmental stressors - illustrate the need to better understand these connections. In the future, natural and man-made disasters, climate change impacts, and other environmental stressors will present complex challenges to the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities in the Gulf. Understanding the interrelationships among health, ecological, and economic impacts of disasters and other environmental stressors will be crucial to addressing these challenges.

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.