The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute, a partnership of six complementary academic institutions and NOAA addressing important national strategic research and education goals. Mississippi State University leads this collaboration, partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University, Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and NOAA scientists at various laboratories and operational centers in the Gulf of Mexico region.

NGI develops, operates, and maintains an increasingly integrated research and transition program, the results of which raise awareness and understanding of the Gulf region. NGI has been recognized as critical and well positioned to provide baseline, current, and future science and outreach needs to the region. The necessity of such a role for NGI is acutely demonstrated by Gulf of Mexico catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon incident.

NGI collaborative research with NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, located in Miami, Florida, is providing water quality assessments to improve the understanding of the ecology of Biscayne Bay and its relationship to the associated watershed. The news story, "How Biscayne Bay Reached its 'Tipping Point,'" was featured on Miami's South Florida, NBC News Channel 6. It is produced and reported by Andrew Quintana.

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