About the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative


The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative (NGOM SSC) is one of the five Sentinel Site Cooperatives within the broader NOAA Sentinel Site Program (SSP). The NGOM SSC is a partnership focused on sea-level rise and inundation in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A broad array of partners working along the science to stewardship continuum make up the Cooperative working to fill identified gaps and needs in sea-level rise science and management. The NGOM SSC geographic area is defined as the coastal counties from the Pearl River to the Suwannee River, but the Cooperative partner base includes local, state, regional, and national partners. Additionally, though NOAA is the nucleus of the SSP, NGOM has expanded the partnerships to include academics, non-governmental organizations, and other federal, state, and local government departments.


How NGOM SSC is making a difference

The recently updated Implementation Plan lays out the NGOM SSC mission statement, goals, short- and mid-term objectives, and logic models for achieving these milestones.

Mission Statement: The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative will improve integration, translation, and transition of coastal data and research products in the northern Gulf of Mexico for application by regional and local resource managers, scientists, and community leaders for adaptation to sea-level rise (SLR) and coastal inundation.


Top 3 goals for 2017 work plan:

  • Strategic placement and development of SET sites to address current gaps
  • Recommendations to resource managers and decision-makers for how to use available information, particularly models, with an understanding of uncertainty and limitations
  • Improved outreach and communication of sea level rise science and issues at a community and local level

The complete work plan can be found here.