Ocean Discoveries:NOAA-Sponsored Researchers Headline United Nations Panel on Coastal Hypoxia

By David Kidwell, Program Manager for Sea Level Rise and Hypoxia Programs, Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

This article is one in a periodic series regarding CSCOR activities and sponsored research. You can also see the blog for other articles about the work being done by CSCOR.

Results of NOAA NCCOS-sponsored research into the causes and impacts of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic, or “dead” zone, will be featured during a panel discussion on Ocean Hypoxia held in conjunction with the 39th session of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).  This United Nations Develop Programme event features Dr. Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, whose decades-long research into the causes of the Gulf hypoxic zone has formed the foundation for actions of the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force.  Also participating is Dr. Peter Thomas (University of Texas Marine Science Institute) whose ground-breaking research into the sub-lethal endocrine and reproductive impacts from hypoxia has initiated a new paradigm in assessing hypoxia impacts.   Both researchers are funded under the NCCOS Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Hypoxia Assessment, or NGOMEX Program.  The special session on Ocean Hypoxia is being held on April 18 at the United Nations in New York, NY. 

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