Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative

Affiliated Projects

The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is proud to use our expertise to assist and support our partners' projects. You can learn more about the projects the NGOM SSC is involved with below. 


  • Coastal Wetland Migration Corridors. This is a collaborative effort by the four Gulf Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and U.S. Geological Survery to identify future coastal wetland migration corridors under various SLR and urbanization scenarios across the U.S. Gulf Coast. Contact Dr. Mike Osland at or go to the publication website for the data set or more information.
  • Connecting Science to Citizens. The Coastal Training Program Coordinators at the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) conducted a series of focus groups with residents and local government staff to learn more about stakeholder needs for SLR information and tools. Contact Mark Berte at or go to the project website for more information.
  • Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. A field observation and modeling project that provides coastal managers with the knowledge and tools to prepare for the impacts of tides and storm surge given the dynamic coastlines due to SLR with increased certainty as well as marsh productivity with increasing sea level. Contact Dr. Scott Hagen at or go to the project website for more information. Data is available at the project website or either of the below story map websites.
    • EESLR-NGOM Story Map: Hydro-MEM. This story map for Hydro-MEM (Hydrodynamic Marsh Equilibrium Model) forecasts marsh productivity and the average high water under various sea-level rise scenarios and using a "system of systems" modeling approach for Grand Bay, MS, Weeks Bay, AL, and Apalachicola, FL. Access the story map here and learn more about the original Hydro-MEM with this publication.
    • EESLR-NGOM Story Map: Storm Surge. This story map uses the original Coastal Dynamics of Sea Level Rise (CDSLR) model to simulate future storm surge under four different sea-level rise scenarios. Data is available for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast on 10 historic storms with sea-level rise, maximum of maximum models with sea-level rise, future stillwater maps, and future stillwater inundation. Access the story map here and learn more about the original CDSLR model here.
  • NGOM+N2E2. This project expands the CDSLR model to include ecosystem service valuations, economic impact assessments, and more. It will also evaluate tradeoffs considering potential natural and nature-based features under different sea-level rise scenarios. Contact Dr. Scott Hagen at, read this article or visit the project website for more information.
  • Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The GCVA is a collaborative project to enhance conservation and restoration planning by providing an understanding of the effects of SLR. Contact Cynthia Edwards at or go to their project website for more information.
  • Management Outcomes of Sea-Level Rise Modelling through Standardized Sampling of a Key Model Input: Total Suspended Solids (TSS). The focus of this project is to develop a standardized protocol for collecting TSS data above the marsh plain and to evaluate the utility of these data in improving currently available marsh accretion models.
  • NGOM+N2E2. Contact or read this article to learn more.
  • Resilience to Future Flooding in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Coastal Resilience Grant 2017). This project will use videos to communicate sea-level rise resilience to local officials. Five case studies will be showcased in five different videos, with an explanation of how each case study is relevant for the northern Gulf. Additionally, three sea-level rise 101 videos will explain sea-level rise locally, storm surge + sea-level rise, and sea-level rise + planning. Contact Mikaela Heming ( for more information.
  • Video Case Studies (Gulf Star Grant 2017). These videos, intended for outreach and education, highlight some of the success stories for projects across the Gulf Coast dealing with coastal community resilience. The videos will be premiered at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands meeting in June (see Events page). A 1-pager will also be produced. For more information, contact Casey Fulford (
  • Will Reintroduction of Fire Along Coastal Gradients Promote Lateral Migration of Marsh and Enhance Biodiversity? The cooperative partner Grand Bay NERR is conducting a study to determine the importance of fire in facilitating the landward migration of marsh plants in response to SLR. Contact Dr. Mark Woodrey at or read this article for more information.