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Gulf of Mexico Coastal Acidification Network


A SOCAN-GCAN collaboration across the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico regions to support the efforts of the National Coastal Communities Vulnerability Assessment and the National Monitoring and Prioritization Plan. The Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Program Director will be playing an advisory roll to this project and is a both a SOCAN and GCAN stakeholder.


Gulf of Mexico Coastal Acidification Network

GCAN, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), is a collaboration of regional efforts among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), as well as other federal and state resource managers, industry partners, researchers and other stakeholders throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Social and Environmental Vulnerabilities 

SOCAN and GCAN are actively collecting information on social and environmental vulnerabilities in the US Southeast (SE) and Gulf of Mexico (GoM) in response to the Intergovernmental Working Group on Ocean Acidification's (IWGOA) request for nationwide CAN engagement in identifying ocean acidification vulnerabilities, research, and monitoring priorities.

The full report on vulnerabilities of coastal communities, as of November 17, 2022 is still under review for submission to the White House. You can read Executive Summaries of the chapters for the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast US report here. 

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Coming soon... participate in data collection for this project.

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Stay tuned for further updates on this project

Check back here in December 2022 to participate in a brief survey on prioritizing locations that need acidification monitoring in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico.

Check back in June 2023 for the final results and a list of priority monitoring sites throughout the Southeast USA