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A core belief held by many is that the best scientific results will stem from a Gulf-wide approach that addresses scientific questions important to the region as a whole. This contrasts with the common practice of scientific inquiry made on a state-by-state or organization-by-organization basis. Thus, it is imperative that regional research and information needs be identified by public and private constituents that use and manage resources or that sponsor or conduct scientific research related to the GOM. In addition, increased collaboration among the research-based organizations operating in the GOM can help to avoid duplication of research and provide a roadmap for more efficient use of research dollars and effort.
A regional research plan focusing specifically on the needs in the GOM will bridge recently developed plans. For example, it will provide more research emphasis in support of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Action Plan and link regional priorities to the national focus of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan. This project will serve the entire GOM research community by identifying and disseminating the highest priority needs in the region and fostering opportunities for cooperation in addressing these needs.
The GMRP and implementation plan will assist research administrators by providing insight on how the research priorities and capabilities of their agency/organization can benefit from and contribute to addressing the regional research needs identified in the plan.
In addition, this project will assist agencies/ organizations in updating their own strategic research and implementation plans by providing an in-depth summary of the Gulf-wide research priority areas and the related work being performed by other organizations active in the GOM research arena.
Broad constituent participation is of the highest importance in determining the research priorities and information needs in the GOM. The success of this effort depends on the involvement of all organizations that participate in GOM research and information dissemination.
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This page was last updated on 29 July 2009.