Gulf of Mexico Region

Data Synthesis Workshop

NOAA employees and partners work together to meet data users’ needs.

Knowing what data are available and having the ability to access, understand, and use these data is an underlying need for addressing Gulf priorities like resilience to hazards, ecosystem restoration, and water quality and quantity.  To help tackle this data issue, the Gulf Team organized a Data Synthesis Workshop to look at NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico data holdings through the lens of improving user access and dissemination.

The Workshop brought together eighteen representatives from NOAA offices, programs, and partnerships to share information about existing data inventories, capabilities, and user needs.  The group discussed how this effort fit into NOAA’s broader data initiatives, and explored opportunities to synthesize data into useful regional tools and products.  Increasing awareness of NOAA data services, activities, and capabilities in the Gulf is also a key component of this work. The group suggested potential portals for connecting and sharing information and ways to publicize available data, like through the use of story maps.

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