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Research on interconnections among Gulf of Mexico ecosystems.
Outreach for decisions based on those interconnections.

Who We Are And What We Do

The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute comprised of six academic institutions that are geographically distributed across the U.S. Gulf Coast states.

The six NGI member institutions are Mississippi State University (lead), the University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory.

Together with NOAA and in support of their strategic plan, NGI conducts research on interconnections among Gulf of Mexico environments, habitats, resources, and people and engages in outreach to help others learn about and make decisions based on these interconnections.

NGI's academic members have broad science and research expertise. As members of a NOAA Cooperative Institute, they focus on the Gulf of Mexico region as they address NOAA's overriding priorities:

  • Build a climate ready nation,
  • Make equity central to NOAA's mission and
  • Accelerate growth in an information-based blue economy.

These NOAA priorities are integrated into NGI's four research themes: climate change and variability effects on regional ecosystems, coastal hazards, ecosystem management, and data management systems supporting a data-driven economy.