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Committee on Advancing Understanding of Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Dynamics

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has formed a committee to make recommendations to the Gulf Research Program on activities – including research, observations, and analyses – needed to characterize the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System dynamics and improve the effectiveness of modeling and forecasting efforts. Learn more about the committee.

The committee will summarize the existing scientific understanding of the physical forces that shape and energize the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current system as well as determine the critical information needed to improve models and forecasts of the Loop Current system. The committee will assess the capacity of current technologies to meet the overarching goal of characterizing Loop Current dynamics and suggest opportunities for new approaches, improved technologies, or transfer of technologies from other realms. The committee will design a field campaign to collect the information needed to improve modeling and forecasting efforts, including estimated costs, advice on organizational framework, a rough implementation timeline, and identification of opportunities for collaboration and joint sponsorship. Learn more about the study here.

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