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NGI Then, NGI Now

Recognizing the need to integrate research and technology to more effectively address the needs of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) issued an Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (OAR-CIPO-2006-2000641) on April 26, 2006. NOAA evaluated and awarded the Northern Gulf Institute Cooperative Institute to the team led by Mississippi State University on October 1, 2006. The first and second five-year terms in the Cooperative Institute Program furthering regional and national interests in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

The NGI operates pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement between MSU and NOAA, the NOAA notice of award to MSU, NOAA's review of MSU administrative and grants processes, and the NOAA Cooperative Institute Interim Handbook. NGI's approach to Northern Gulf Regional issues, problems and opportunities is closely aligned with NOAA's strategic and research priorities. The NGI is also guided in its mission by a number of sources, the White House's Ocean Action Plan and related orders and comprehensive report of the congressional U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and others. The result is an approach that is science driven, regionally focused, and coordinated with other Gulf of Mexico Basin activities. NOAA awarded NGI a second five-year cooperative agreement in 2011, after NOAA Science Advisory Board review rated NGI performance as outstanding.

The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) is a partnership of Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, the Alabama Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NGI 2011-2021 Strategic Plan describes our unique identity and capabilities, the purpose of the work we do, our long-term goals and our near-term implementation activities.

NGI Strategic Plan 2011 - 2021

Member Institutions

The Northern Gulf Institute is a cooperative institute led by Mississippi State University, partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida Satae University, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (AL), whose combined interrelated expertise is ideally suited to fulfill the NOAA Cooperative Institute program requirements.

Who We Are – Academic Experts for Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems Research

The Northern Gulf Institute engages nationally and internationally recognized academic experts who provide intellectual and technological capacity to address comprehensive regional ecosystem approaches to science and management in the northern Gulf of Mexico

What We Do – Research for Holistic Understanding of Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems

NGI Mission: The Northern Gulf Institute conducts research that builds an integrated, comprehensive understanding of natural and human impacts on northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and associated economies to improve its management

What We Seek – Transformations in Regional Ecosystem-Based Management

NGI Vision: Research-driven transformations in regional ecosystem-based management enable managers and communities to improve the resilience and health of ecosystems and people and the sustainability of resources in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Research Themes More Info

  • Ecosystem Management
  • Geospatial Data Integration and Visualization in Environmental Science
  • Climate Change and Climate Variability Effects on Regional Ecosystems
  • Coastal Hazards

Long-Term Goals – Improve Ecosystem Science and Use and Strengthen the Northern Gulf Institute

Research Goals

  • Understand the structure, function, and services of ecosystems across land-sea, ocean-atmosphere, and coastal waters-deep sea interfaces
  • Synthesize information across disciplines to reduce uncertainty and to forecast ecosystem responses
  • Develop applications that address regional management needs

Engagement Goals

  • Develop, facilitate, disseminate, and transition research, knowledge, and applications
  • Build internal and external connections for institutional sustainability

Near-Term Priorities – Guide for Implementation Plans for Next Three to Five Years

  • Address research needs to understand impacts of Gulf oil and other contaminants, excess nutrients, hypoxia, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, storms, and other natural and anthropogenic hazards
  • Develop capabilities for Integrated Ecosystem Assessment and comprehensive modeling for coastal scenario-based planning and forecasting to improve management of ecosystems and resources
  • Continue time-series monitoring for water quality, fisheries management, and habitat restoration
  • Involve regional agencies and managers in the development of research directions, the implementation of applications, and the pursuit of related funding opportunities
  • Support development of new scientists with regionally-focused, hands-on research experiences for graduate and undergraduate students and provide information for educators and citizen scientists