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2 Environmental Monitoring: Lessons Learned, Needs and Opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico
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From page 4...
... tions identified and discussed critical infrastructure com- The science studying these changes involves identiponents of monitoring networks, including work force fying multiple environmental stressors and complex indevelopment, and data integration and management. teractions, said Lea.
From page 5...
... • Healthy ecosystems and water quality Lea also discussed the roles of marine laboratories • Mitigation of effects of coastal hazards and biological field stations, citing a recent National • Safe and efficient marine operations Research Council report on the subject (NRC, 2014c)
From page 6...
... The environmental monitoring for coastal current, sidescan sonic imagery, multibeam needed for coastal monitoring can generate jobs for the bathymetry, aircraft and drone camera imagery, au- communities at risk from coast change, and BFA tries to tonomous underwater vehicle camera and video im- incorporate environmental job training into everything agery, and sediment profiling. Funding these technolo- that it does.
From page 7...
... Data sources lum that builds that sort of ownership for the students range across oil and gas production, habitats, human so that they are aware of the value of the coast on ev- health, community resilience, living marine resources, ery level." Then, when a storm occurs, "they have an stock assessments, socioeconomic impacts, recreational interest in being there to help fill the needs on those fishing, and environmental indicators. To deal with this projects." huge amount of information, Beard recommended that In 2006, Barnes' firm started a job training pro- a virtual infrastructure for data management, informagram called Limitless Vistas that has trained more than tion, and published documents be established for all 400 at-risk youth in Louisiana as environmental techni- Gulf of Mexico response and restoration activities.
From page 8...
... While both the social science and marine science water cables, and some from instruments mounted on communities have developed indicator systems to betoffshore platforms. Changing instrumentation poses ter assess change, the degree to which such efforts have challenges to data continuity, "but you have to have been linked has been surprisingly limited (Bowen and some kind of focus to start with or you are never going Riley, 2003)

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