The Gulf Research Program is pleased to announce $2 million in grant awards to seven new projects focused on improving understanding of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System. Changes in the size, location, and temperature of the Loop Current can affect hurricane intensity, offshore drilling and production in the Gulf, and the safety and economic livelihoods of coastal community residents. Despite its far-reaching impacts, there are persistent knowledge gaps about the LCS.
Now in its second year, the Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems (UGOS) funding initiative supports projects that expand knowledge and improve the tools available for observing and modeling the Loop Current System’s behavior.
The UGOS 2 projects span diverse disciplines, including machine learning, physical oceanography, and satellite imaging. Project teams will work to coordinate efforts with the first round of UGOS granteesto promote a long-term, comprehensive, and multi-institutional research effort.
To learn more about the projects, read the press release or visit the UGOS grant awards page.