Gulf Research Program Launches Initiative to Improve Sea Level Rise Predictions in the Gulf of Mexico

Jul 21, 2022

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced $4.6 million in awards to support three project teams undertaking research to improve the forecasting of sea level rise along the Gulf Coast of the United States. The three-year initiative will focus on the oceanic component of sea level variation along the Gulf Coast. One of the projects will use a reverse sea level fingerprinting method to identify the primary contributors to sea level change in the Gulf of Mexico. Through its focus on the role of land ice and land water storage, the project results will inform related glacier and hydrological modeling efforts. Model results will be used to produce refined regional sea level rise projections that will help develop a user-focused tool to support the use of dynamic adaptive pathways in planning efforts as well as support the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. More here.