About the Study

Public Report Release and Briefing, July 26th

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Presentation briefing:

Discussion following presentation:

Keck Center, Room 103
500 5th St NW
Washington, DC
Tuesday, July 26th, 10:00am

Speakers included:
Frank Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara
Committee Chair

Eric Smith,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Committee Member


Snowy Egret in Marshland
Image Credit: Press of Atlantic City

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Research Council will inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico. In particular, the committee will identify best practices (i.e., existing, proven, cost-effective approaches) for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities to improve the performance of restoration programs and increase the effectiveness and longevity of restoration projects. The committee’s work will identify:


  • Current, effective approaches for developing initial and long-term monitoring goals and methods.
  • Approaches for determining essential baseline data needs.
  • Essential elements of a long-term monitoring framework (including baseline information).
  • Additional novel approaches to augment current best practices that could increase effectiveness, reduce costs, ensure region-wide compatibility of restoration monitoring data, and advance the science and practice of restoration.
  • Options to ensure that project, or site-based, monitoring could be used cumulatively and comprehensively to provide region-wide insights and track effectiveness on larger spatial and longer temporal scales.