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The Gulf of Mexico region faces some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day, including hurricanes, hypoxia, wetland loss, ecosystem degradation, and water quality. To protect and enhance ecosystem and community resiliency, science must go beyond the current state-of-the-art in collecting critical data from the ocean and atmosphere. One of the emerging sensor platforms that has the potential to make significant advancements in this regard is Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

While the potential benefits of UAS technologies are great, efficient use of this emerging resource is needed if we are to effectively meet the diverse needs of the Gulf of Mexico community. The overarching charge of this UAS applications conference is for regional constituents to come together and establish requirements that are best met through the use of UAS applications. This workshop will rely upon a broad group of local, state, regional and federal stakeholders to help define UAS-based operational and research requirements that are specifically designed to help better understand, monitor, forecast and mitigate the potentially devastating impacts hurricanes can have on the Gulf of Mexico community.

On behalf of NOAA, the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University is hosting a

Gulf Region UAS Applications Conference

April 1, 2008

at the

Beau Rivage Resort Hotel

Biloxi, Mississippi

This conference is by invitation only, and for academia and government.

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2008

For more Conference information, please contact Linda White.