There have been many exciting things happening across LCC boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico region. One cooperative effort that will take place in May is the Gulf of Mexico Climate Data and Scenarios Workshop. Development of this workshop has been a great example of how the LCCs provide a forum for partners to come together and meet shared goals. NOAA, USGS, the Gulf LCCs, Lousiana State University, and North Carolina State University worked together to develop an objectives-driven agenda for this timely workshop.
The workshop will bring together experts in climate science and data, sea-level rise, modeling, and the application of this information to conservation planning and resource management. The agenda will provide a forum to assess regional climate and sea level rise data, models, and tools and recommend how to best apply these resources to assess vulnerability, select management scenarios, and develop adaptation strategies. The workshop participants will also identify opportunities to meet priority needs to enhance regional climate and sea level rise information.
Understanding the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems and species to climate change and sea level rise is a priority across the Gulf LCCs. During the April Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Steering Committee meeting I provided a presentation related to the Vulnerability of Gulf Coastal Wetlands. In addition to this Gulf Coast issue, a large part of the agenda was devoted to learning more about Gulf of Mexico conservation issues so that the GCPO LCC Steering Committee could identify a niche for the LCC’s activities in the region. You can view these presentations at http://gcpolcc.org/group/steering/page/april-2012-gcpo-lcc-sc-digital-notebook.
If you are interested in the Gulf Coast region, I hope you will join the Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Marine Conservation Group by becoming a member of the GCPO LCC website. You can also follow my page on the South Atlantic LCC site.