The NGI Science, Education and Research Management Plan and the NGI Strategic Plan describe how the Institute develops a program of scientific inquiry that supports the needs of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) line offices. Research primarily addresses goals of NGI, NOAA, and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and secondarily other programs that align with those programs. The NGI Chief Scientist and the NOAA Science Coordinator for NGI help staff and sponsors develop projects that fit within the intent of the research provisions of the NGI plans.
Research in this theme will focus on promoting sustainable coastal development, facilitating community resiliency and enabling an ecosystem approach to management, including ecosystem-based fisheries management. These foci are based upon enhanced scientific understanding of the interconnections between the marine ecosystem and the adjacent watershed including their resource stewardship implications.
Research in this theme will investigate, develop and test innovative data stewardship solutions, enhancing NOAA’s data management, visualization, and dissemination capabilities. This research will address gaps in data management capacity resulting from the development of new environmental data sensors and platforms, larger data volumes, and increased public demand for information.
Research conducted under this theme will focus on climate change and climate variability effects upon marine ecosystems and the socioeconomic well-being of the region and the adjacent watershed as well as ecosystem effects upon climate processes.
Research in this theme encompasses the physical and biological systems, as well as the biological and socio-economic dimensions, associated with coastal hazards.