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How to Become a Partner

The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas seeks 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 this work. 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 Guidelines for data submissions in support of a new or existing plate are:

  • Applicability: data must support and improve the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas
  • Releasability: data must be publicly releasable
  • Provider Organization: organization must be a recognized federal, state, academic, non-governmental, or private institution
  • Data Access: data must be submitted to or reside in a national archive or institutional repository
  • Data Format: data must be digital and in a standard format (ASCII, csv, netCDF, shapefile, etc.)
  • Data Quality: validated geospatial metadata must be provided with the data; quality assurance and control policies used and procedures must be fully described
  • Data Validation: data must be validated or compared to a standard reference

Current Partners

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office
Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Office of Science and Technology

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service

National Centers for Environmental Information

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

National Ocean Service

Office for Coastal Management
National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Sciences
Office of Response and Restoration
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Office of Coast Survey
Environmental Protection Agency:
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Gulf Ecology Division
Department of Defense:
United States Army Corp of Engineers (Mobile District)
» Spatial Data Branch
» Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise
Engineer Research and Development Center
» Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
Department of Interior:
United States Geological Service
» Gulf Coast Science Coordination Office
» National Wetlands Research Center
» National Water Quality Assessment Program
» Non-invasive Aquatic Species Program
» Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS-USA)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
» Gulf of Mexico Region
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
» Gulf of Mexico Region
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Gulf State Agencies:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
» Florida Fish and Wildlife Institute
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
Academic Institutions:
Northern Gulf Institute (a NOAA Cooperative Institute)
Mississippi State University
University of Southern Mississippi
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Florida Institute of Oceanography, University of South Florida
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
» Harte Research Institute
» Center for Coastal Studies
Texas A&M, College Station
University of Colorado
» Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Non-Governmental Organizations:
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Ocean Conservancy
Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems
The Nature Conservancy
Gulf of Mexico Foundation
International Partners:
National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Comision Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, CONABIO)
National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, CONANP)
State of the World's Sea Turtles
GRID-Arendal- United Nations Environmental Program
International Union for Conservation of Nature