An NCCOS-funded study is investigating the ecological effects of sea level rise in the Gulf of Mexico. The effort is the focal point of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, a federal -state partnership established to advance sea level rise prediction and assessment capabilities. The cooperative seeks to improve coastal data and research products to facilitate planning and adaptation to sea level rise and inundation. By leveraging existing activities and assets, the cooperative can enhance and expand sea level rise partnerships, improve scientific understanding of sea level rise and its impacts, and foster science-based decisions supporting coastal inundation planning and adaptation efforts.
The GOMSSC extends from the Suwannee River in Florida west to the Pearl River on the Mississippi/Louisiana border; one of five regions included in the initial phase of the NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperative Program.