Northern Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Institute

Florida State University has joined a new cooperative institute that will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the physics and ecosystem dynamics of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The new Northern Gulf Institute will study coastal hazards, climate change, water quality, ecosystem management, coastal wetlands and pollution. Besides FSU, the consortium includes Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University and Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

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"The northern Gulf of Mexico includes a rich, diverse and often unique combination of physical, ecological and recreational resources, and this coastline spans the gamut of the country's most altered ecosystems to those among its most pristine," said Eric Chassignet, director of FSU's Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS). "A vital part of the institute will be to help decision makers and management agencies understand the links between people and ecosystems in an effort to reduce the vulnerability and enhance resiliency of these systems."