The research portfolio for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program currently contains seven projects funded through the Science Program’s first federal funding opportunity (FFO-2015). These projects were selected following a rigorous and highly competitive process which included a review by a panel of outside experts. In total, approximately $2.7 million has been awarded to seven research teams.

Each of the research teams will be addressing one or more of the Science Programís short-term priorities which focus on assessing ecosystem modeling, evaluating indicators for ecosystem conditions, and assessing and developing recommendations for monitoring and observing in the Gulf of Mexico. †

These projects will synthesize current scientific understanding and management needs and inform the future direction of the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program as well as the other science and restoration initiatives in the region. The results from these projects will also inform the development of management strategies to support the sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including its fisheries.

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Indicators and assessment framework for ecological health and ecosystem services

Inventory of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem indicators using an ecological resilience framework

Evaluation of Gulf of Mexico oceanographic observation networks impact assessment on ecosystem management and recommendation

Ecosystem modeling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico: current status and future needs to address management and restoration activities

Defining abnormal events of oceanographic, biological, and physical properties in the Gulf of Mexico to identify data gaps

Cooperative monitoring program for spawning aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico: an assessment of existing information, data gaps and research priorities

The central role of the Mississippi River and its delta in the oceanography and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem