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NOAA RESTORE Science Program at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

At the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA, the NOAA RESTORE Science Program will participate in two separate events. The first event is a townhall, “TH25C: Gulf of Mexico Restoration and Science Programs – Coordinating Science and Comprehensive Understanding.” The townhall will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 6:15 – 8:15 PM in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 267-268. At this townhall, representatives from Gulf of Mexico restoration and science programs including the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Environmental Benefit Fund, the Louisiana RESTORE Act Center of Excellence, Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence, and the National Academies Gulf Research Program, who is hosting the townhall, will share the priorities of their individual programs and discuss how the programs are coordinating their activities. The second event is a session, “PA44A: Science to Action: Toward More Effective Decision Maker-Scientist Partnerships II.” This session will take place on Thursday, December 14, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 255-257. This session will explore how scientists and decision makers can work together to produce more actionable science and Dr. Julien Lartigue, Director of the Science Program, will give a talk on (1) the Science Program’s approach to supporting actionable science in the Gulf of Mexico and (2) actionable science emerging from the projects the Science Program funded in 2015. Other talks will include reviews of the NASA DEVELOP National Program’s work with the State of Virginia and Lenfest Ocean Program’s experience in building institutional support for connecting science and decision-making in marine systems. We hope to see many of you at this meeting as well as at future meetings in the region.