The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies: Opportunities for Geographers

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Susan Hanson, Craig Colten
Chairs: Craig Colten


The mission of the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is to catalyze advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico Region and the Nation. Four initiatives focus the program’s portfolio of grants, fellowships, and other activities on:
(1) healthy ecosystems, by advancing understanding of ecosystem processes and dynamics to facilitate sustainable use of natural resources,
(2) thriving communities, by enabling people and coastal communities to prepare, respond, and adapt to stressors and adverse events,
(3) safer offshore energy systems, by fostering minimization and management of risk to make offshore operations safer for people and the environment, and
(4) capacity building, by enhancing the ability of researchers, decision makers, and communities to use science to solve challenges at the intersections of human, environmental, and offshore energy systems.*
In this session we’ll discuss the nature of the Gulf Research Program, some of the GRP projects geographers have been working on, and opportunities for geographers to become involved in GRP initiatives.
*adapted from GRP documents


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Liesel Ritchie 10
Panelist Scott Hemmerling The Water Institute of the Gulf 15
Panelist Aimee Moles Louisiana State University 15
Panelist Evonne Tang The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 10
Panelist Wanyun Shao Auburn University at Montgomery 15
Panelist LeighAnne Olsen Gulf Research Program 10

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