16-NGI3-09, 17-NGI3-22, 18-NGI3-47, 19-NGI3-80, 19-NGI3-134, 20-NGI3-114, 20-NGI3-116, 21-NGI3-134 (363517-191001-021000)
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Hypoxia National Office Technical Assistance, Observations, Monitoring, and Coordination (Includes Hypoxia National Office Support)
Monitoring the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone helps advance the science that underpins its management by scientists, modelers, resource managers, and other stakeholders. Regular field verification of the hypoxic zone both east and west of the Mississippi River, data collected during annual research cruises, and information about watershed activities that affect downstream water quality and habitats help measure progress toward achieving nutrient management goals set out in the Gulf Action Plan. Those data are also used to develop models that inform the Hypoxia Task Force goals for nutrient reduction. After completing each annual hypoxia cruise, researchers submit a report to NOAA and partners and use the collected data to conduct forecasts and hindcasts with enhanced biogeochemical and hydrodynamic models. Recently, standard operating procedures were finalized for conducting the annual monitoring cruise and information was made available to resource managers who can provide guidance for restoration projects. Researchers continue to foster communication and coordination among working groups focused on nutrients in the Mississippi River, the Cooperative Hypoxia Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP), partners, and stakeholders.