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The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is truly a collaborative effort. In January 2011, a Gulf Data Atlas Workshop was held at Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve to assess user needs and requirements related to the development of a pilot digital data atlas for the Gulf of Mexico. A Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Prototype Executive Steering Committee was established to provide guidance on the first maps to be released. The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas has data from federal, state, non-governmental agencies, and academia.

How to Become a Partner

The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas will expand with new data to improve the spatial and temporal understanding of the Gulf of Mexico. Expanding partnerships among data providers via a collaborative network is a vital component of the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas. If you are a collector/provider of Gulf of Mexico data observations and would like to become an active partner or contribute data, please contact Guidance is available that clarifies the requirements necessary to submit data in support of a new or existing plate.

Current Partners

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

National Marine Fisheries

Southeast Fisheries Science Center
» Pascagoula Laboratory
Southeast Regional Office

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service

National Centers for Environmental Information

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Northern Gulf Institute - A NOAA Cooperative Institute
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant

National Ocean Service

Coastal Services Center
» Gulf Coast Services Center
National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Sciences
» Centers for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
» Centers for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
» Flower Gardens Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Office of Coastal and Resource Management
» Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
NOS Special Projects
Environmental Protection Agency:
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Department of Defense:
United States Army Corp of Engineers (Mobile District)
» Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise
Department of Interior:
United States Geological Service
» Gulf Coast Science Coordination Office
» National Wetlands Research Center
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
» Gulf of Mexico Region
Gulf State Agencies:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
» Florida Fish and Wildlife Research institute
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Academic Institutions:
Mississippi State University
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Florida Institute of Oceanography, University of South Florida
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Colorado Alpine Research Center
Texas A&M, College Station
Non-Governmental Organizations:
Ocean Conservancy
Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems