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Newswise – More than 800 coastal researchers and managers will have the chance to explore more than 25 regional tools on display April 26 at the Gulf of Mexico Conference (#GOMCON) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Tools Café offers attendees a unique opportunity to access some of the latest and greatest tools for coastal resilience, data management and conservation while learning about these resources directly from the developers who created each tool.

“We want to help stakeholders find the resources that will help them do their job even better,” said Laura Bowie, executive director of the Gulf Alliance. “One of the main goals of the Alliance and the Gulf Conference is to encourage collaboration throughout the Gulf, and these tools help researchers and managers achieve this.”

Tool developers from universities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations from across the Gulf will all be present at the cafe.

Some highlights of the tool include:

  • The all-new Northern Gulf Sediment Availability and Allocation Program tool, which increases stakeholder access to sediment resource data for better planning of restoration projects.
  • The Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform, a website developed by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to make it easier for users to discover, explore and access data from the Gulf of Mexico region.
  • The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker, which provides comprehensive information for tracking all restoration, research and recovery projects resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • The Texas Litter Database, where more than 70 types of litter data can be downloaded, searched, graphed, mapped, and downloaded, facilitating research, education, and advocacy efforts statewide.
  • The Stormwater Management Adaptation to Coastal Flooding Tool that coastal communities across the country can use to understand, assess, analyze and act on coastal flood risk.

GOMCON will take place April 25-28 at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and will include: a keynote and panel discussions on strengthening collaboration across sectors to address common challenges in the Gulf of Mexico; a planned visit by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser; and over 360 themed presentations on the challenges facing the Gulf of Mexico. Presentation themes include: resilience, climate impacts, citizen science, community outreach, habitat management and restoration, marine living resources, sediment management, water quality and emerging issues.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is organizing this event in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

Learn more or sign up for #GOMCON at GulfofMexicoAlliance.org/GoMCon. Keep up to date with all things Gulf Alliance and #GOMCON by signing up to the Alliance newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Thank you to our many sponsors who came together to make this event a success: the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative; Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies; Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; NOAA RESTORE science program; Equine; Shell; the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System; Stantec; Esri; Hesse; Pew Charitable Trusts; Visit Baton Rouge; Office of Ocean Energy Management; the US Environmental Protection Agency; Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy; RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence for Texas, Louisiana and Florida; and WSP USA.

Event details:

  • What: Gulf of Mexico Conference (#GOMCON)
  • When: April 25-28, 2022
  • Or: Raising Cane’s River Center, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge, LA

About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a regional partnership focused on improving the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased collaboration. Led by the five Gulf States, our network includes more than 150 participating organizations from state and federal agencies, tribal governments, communities, universities, non-governmental organizations and industry. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include the resilience of coastal communities; data and monitoring; education; habitat; water resources; wildlife and fishing; and marine debris.

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