Your Eyes On The Gulf

GCOOS is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Our mission is to provide timely, reliable  information on the open and coastal ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico to ensure a healthy, clean, productive ocean and resilient coastal communities.
Please join us from 11 a.m. to Noon on Monday, June 11, for a briefing on Florida's harmful algal blooms in room is SVC 203-02 in the Capitol Hill Visitors Center.  
Florida's Harmful Algal Blooms:
2018 Overview and Federal Response
From red and brown tides on the coasts to cyanobacteria in lakes, Florida has more toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs) than any other state.

As the lead Federal agency for coastal HABs, NOAA, along with other federal and state partners, has long-term investments in HAB research, detection, forecasting and response.

This briefing will review the extent of HABs and their impacts to Florida's communities and economies, and share advances in detection and forecasting.

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Bill Posey are co-hosting this event

Speakers include:
  • Tamara Pigott - Director, Lee County Visitor and Conventions Bureau
  • Katherine Hubbard - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Barb Kirkpatrick - Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
  • Richard Stumpf - NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • Ed Chiles - Owner and CEO, The Chiles Group

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for developing a network of business leaders, marine scientists, resource managers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholder groups that combine their data to provide timely information about our oceans  - similar to the information gathered by the National Weather Service to develop weather forecasts. Visit us online at

GCOOS, which includes members from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, seeks to establish a sustained observing system for the Gulf of Mexico to provide observations and products needed by users in this region for:
  • Detecting and predicting climate variability and consequences,
  • Preserving and restoring healthy marine ecosystems,
  • Ensuring human health,
  • Managing resources,
  • Facilitating safe and efficient marine transportation,
  • Enhancing national security, and
  • Predicting and mitigating against coastal hazards.
GCOOS is one of the 11 regional coastal ocean observing systems under the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), which coordinates a comprehensive, national ocean observing network critical to the social welfare and economic success of the United States.

Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director 
Mailing address: 3146 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

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