More than 200 Networks are Actively Engaged in the Gulf of Mexico

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the sponsorship of  Yucatan’s Department of Research, Innovation and Higher Education (SIIES), the Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S. (SUT-US), and the Yucatan Initiative Project at Texas A&M University (YIP-TAMU), a team of public and private researchers is using the power of networks to identify and prioritize active Threats in the Gulf of Mexico (both of natural and anthropogenic origin), the state of Vulnerability of the systems that withstand them, and the economic, environmental and societal Consequences these can produce.


Identify Networks Engaged in the Gulf of Mexico, its Priorities, Capacity and Organization, and the Mechanisms to Produce and Manage Observational Data, Physically and Empirically Based Models, and Experts Knowledge, to Address the Impacts of Climate Variability into Human Well-Being. 

Establish a Scientific Framework Across Existing Gulf of Mexico Networks Relating to Consequences Derived from Climate Variability that can be Developed into a Multinational Decadal Plan Focused on Solutions.
Use the Establishment of the Network-to-Network for the Gulf of Mexico (N2N-GoM) as a Case Study on how to Build Existing Networks into New Networks-to-Networks.

Definition of a Network

A number of entities (e.g., individuals, societies, companies, agencies, institutions) that are structured and actively working toward on a shared/common vision/mission.

What’s Next?

The Gulf of Mexico will serve as a model for advancing convergent science to identify long-term, interdisciplinary solutions that strengthen resilience and adaptation, and foster economic development and welfare.