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Development of monitoring and adaptive management plans for restoring the gulf coast


February 2018 - February 2019


On April 4, 2016, the Trustees reached a settlement with BP to resolve BP’s liability for natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Based on this assessment, the Trustees selected a comprehensive, integrated ecosystem approach to restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Given the unprecedented temporal, spatial, and funding scales associated with the DWH oil spill restoration effort, robust monitoring and adaptive management to support restoration planning and implementation are integrated into planning efforts. This work, in collaboration with all Trustees and state and federal agencies managing coastal resources, aims to develop a framework that will enable the evaluation of restoration effectiveness, address uncertainties, as applicable, related to project planning and implementation, and provide feedback to inform future restoration decisions.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236



Funding Agencies

  • Department of Interior


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey