2015 promises to be an exciting year in the Gulf of Mexico and happens to be the 10th Anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)! Eleven signatories endorsed the first Memorandum of Agreement establishing the GCOOS-RA on 25 January, 2005:

“This MOA establishes the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA). The GCOOS-RA is committed to (1) providing integrated, remotely sensed and in situ information about the northern Gulf of Mexico coastal region and related ecosystems in real or near real time for use by researchers, managers, military, industry, educators and others seeking to understand this coastal environment, manage ocean and littoral resources, and develop commercial uses of marine resources, data and information; (2) developing new sensor technologies; and (3) stimulating innovation and supporting commerce. It will be a component of a national ocean observing system.”

The signatories included:

Robert “Buzz” Martin, Jr. for the Texas General Land Office
Norman Guinasso for the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Geochemical and Environmental Research Group/Texas Automated Buoy System
Thomas McGee for the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium
Pat Hogan for Naval Research Laboratory
Worth Nowlin as an Individual
John MacLeod of Evans Hamilton Inc.
Wilford Gardner for TAMU Department of Oceanography
Neil Trenaman for RD Instruments
Mark Luther for Tampa Bay PORTS
Sherryl Gilbert for The Alliance for Coastal Technologies
Michael Spranger for Florida Sea Grant

Throughout 2015, the GCOOS-RA will celebrate the 10th Anniversary by holding special topic webinars and contests, publishing articles, sharing images and videos, and hosting a special celebration at the GCOOS-RA Board and Members meeting on 11-12 March, 2015 at the Pavillion Hotel, New Orleans, LA.

If you have stories or photos you would like to share as part of the GCOOS-RA 10th Anniversary celebrations, please send them to Stephanie.Watson@gcoos.org.