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The proposed project is directly responsive to the call for proposal, as it enhances the performance of existing decision-making activities and will develop new capabilities for decision making. The goal of this proposal is to support NASA’s Earth Science Mission Directorate and its Applied Science Program and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) by producing and providing NASA data and data products that will benefit decision making by coastal resource managers and other end users in the Gulf region. This proposal aims to assist coastal resource managers to adapt and plan for changing conditions through evaluating how climate changes and development will impact land cover/land use (LCLU), hydrodynamics and water properties, and shallow water habitats, identifying priority areas for conservation and restoration; and distributing datasets to end-users and facilitating user interaction with models. Watershed and hydrodynamic models will be coupled with a Habitat Suitability Model to evaluate the impact of climate scenarios on Mobile Bay aquatic ecosystems. The proposed host sites for data products are NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) Regional Ecosystem Data Management (REDM), and Mississippi-Alabama Habitat Database. The models employed in this research are heavily dependent on NASA remote sensing products, primarily MODIS and Landsat. Tools will be provided on the Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaborative (GoMRC) website with links to data portals to enable end users to use the models and datasets provided to develop and evaluate LCLU and climate scenarios of particular interest. These data will benefit the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) in ongoing efforts to protect and restore the Fish River watershed and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The usefulness of data products and tools will be demonstrated at an end user workshop.

Project PI: Maurice Estes/Universities Space Research Association at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

National Space Science and Technology Center Global Hydrology and Climate Center 320 Sparkman Drive Huntsville, Alabama 35805

Phone: (256) 961-7735

Fax: (256) 961-7723

Email: maury.g.estes@nasa.gov

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