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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has recognized the importance of submerged aquatic habitats, such as seagrass beds, oyster reefs, and mangrove forests. The alliance also recognized that many Gulf coast states and other agencies are ‘managing their submerged aquatic resources using very sparse data and information. The proposed project will develop a set of tools that will use daily and 8-day composite MODIS data to provide inputs for the Fong and Harwell seagrass productivity model and distribute the model results to marine sanctuary managers in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The project includes three tasks, the first of which is to host a workshop with marine sanctuary managers to determine the manner in which they need to receive information about the conditions in the northern Gulf. The second task is to develop a system to download and process MODIS data to extract the required products. The third task is to develop and implement an Internet-based tools for integrating NASA science data into seagrass productivity models, such as the Fong and Harwell (1994), and distributing results to the managers through Internet mapping sites under development by federal agencies. The users of the proposed system are the managers and scientists of the different marine reserves, national parks, state parks and research centers. The proposed system will use input from these scientist, gathered in a workshop, to design a system to ingest, analyze and use NASA science data in predictive models for use by marine managers and scientists. The proposal aligns with the National Application of Ecological Forecasting, and is related to Water Resources. The project will enable the monitoring and forecasting the health of seagrass beds vital to the northern Gulf ecology and economy.

Project PI: Gregory Easson/University of Mississippi

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute 310 Lester Hall University, MS 38677

Phone: (662)915-7320

Fax: (662)915-5625

Email: inst@olemiss.edu

http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/mmri/staff/greg.html

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