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Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan
Author(s): Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan Revision Steering Committee
NCCOS Center: CSCOR
Name of Publisher: NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center
Place of Publication: Stennis Space Center, MS
Publication Type: NOAA Special Reports
Date of Publication: 2012
Reference Information: An Outcome from the Summit on Long-Term Monitoring
Extent of Work: 37 pp.
Keywords: dead zone; hypoxia, dissolved oxygen; monitoring; Gulf of Mexico; Hypoxia Task Force, nutrients
Abstract: The largest zone of oxygen-depleted coastal waters in the United States, and the second largest for the world's coastal ocean, is in the northern Gulf of Mexico on the Louisiana continental shelf. The interagency Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force was established in the fall of 1997 as part of a process of considering options for responding to the northern Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone. In 2001, the Task Force issued an Action Plan that set a goal to reduce the size of the hypoxic zone to 5,000 km2 by 2015. The mid-summer survey that measures the annual areal extent is the key metric of the Action Plan Coastal Goal. The Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan provides a foundation and pathway for a sustainable monitoring program that is driven by specific hypoxia management objectives.
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