The Network-to-Network for the Gulf of Mexico (N2N-GoM) was officially launched during its kickoff meeting on Friday November 6th of 2020 counting with the participation of 16 active GoM networks.

The participating GoM networks included:

  • Subsea Systems Institute
  • Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem
  • Ocean Science and Limnology Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM
  • Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S.
  • Texas Sea Grant
  • Network of Disasters Associated with Hydrometeorological and Climate Phenomena
  • International Network of Coasts and Seas
  • Cima Red Pinc
  • The Ocean Foundation
  • Mexican Geophysics Union
  • Mexican Research Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico
  • Mexican National Water Comission
  • Yucatan’s Deparment of Innovation, Research and Higher Education
  • American Association of State Climatologist & Southern Region Climate Center
  • Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico
  • System of Research, Innovation and Development Technology of the State of Yucatan

The launching of N2N-GoM reflects the continous effort of its Planning Committee to move forward the working program discussed in the past N2N-GoM Summer Meeting, setting the following objectives for this meeting: 

  1. To recruit network participants to support N2N-GoM’s current working groups: Research, Data Analytics, and Governance 
  1. To expand N2N-GoM participation in the working groups to include all active sectors in the Gulf of Mexico 
  1. To create a N2N-GoM research structure organization by the launching of Integrated Research Teams (IRTs) 
  1. To create a N2N-GoM data structure organization by the launching of the Data Science Team (DScT) 
  1. To create a N2N-GoM governance structure organization by the launching of the Governance Team (GT) 

The meeting started with a welcome message and summary of past activities by Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina, N2N-GoM’s PI, followed by presentations from the three N2N-GoM’s working groups (Governance, Research and Data Science), and ending with all participants’ discussion about the formalization of N2N-GoM as a non-profit organization. 

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