Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 343–347

Introduction to “Northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystem change and hazards susceptibility”

  • John C. Brock
  • Dawn L. Lavoie
  • Richard Z. Poore


The northern Gulf of Mexico and its diverse natural resources are threatened by population and development pressure, and by the impacts of rising sea level and severe storms. In the wake of the devastating 2005 hurricane season, and in response to the complex management issues facing the region, the U.S. Geological Survey organized the multidisciplinary “Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Change and Hazards Susceptibility” project. This special issue of Geo-Marine Letters hosts a few of the early results in the form of 11 papers covering three themes: (1) the control exerted by the underlying geologic framework on geomorphology and nearshore processes and features; (2) impact of human activities on nearshore water quality; and (3) hurricanes and associated effects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Brock
    • 1
  • Dawn L. Lavoie
    • 2
  • Richard Z. Poore
    • 3
  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyNational Center MS 915BRestonUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Geological SurveyBay Saint LouisUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Geological SurveyFlorida Integrated Science CenterSt. PetersburgUSA

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