Data Management Advisory Committee (DMAC)

The Data Management Advisory Committee (DMAC) provides guidance to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to facilitate the efficient preservation and use of data for promoting the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.

Long-term Goals

  • Develop, implement, and maintain an evolving plan for the efficient preservation, discovery, and use of data and information in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA)
  • Enable collaboration in the area of data management among the Priority Issue Teams.

Priority Issue Team (PIT) Top Data Management Priorities

  • Access to data collected by other PITs
  • Identify data formats and metadata standards to ensure QA
  • Increase coordination and reduce duplication of effort in data collection/data management/ technical pursuits
  • Data in a format accessible by other PITs

Additional Data Management Needs for which PITs requested DMAC Support

  • Web access to data, easily discoverable
  • Repository and stewardship for shared GOMA resources (data and storage)
  • Data portal for real-time, continuous data
  • Distribution of publications (common website)
  • Create a regional data system for all PITs to discover and hold data
  • Establish a data viewer to visualize data
  • Access simplified data that lay person can manipulate

Priority Issue Team Representation

The DMAC is made up of at least two representatives from each PIT, one Subject Matter Expert and one Data Management representative, as well as supporting Special Members.

Coastal Community Resilience

Carol Parsons Richards
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Phone: (225) 342-9430
Email: carol.richards

Grant Larson
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Phone: (225) 342-2413

Ecosystem Integration and Assessment

Dave Reed
Institute Institute of Oceanography
Phone: (727) 896-8626

James Gibeaut
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute
Phone: (361) 825-2060

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Phone: (727) 896-8626 x3056

Environmental Education

Lee Yokel
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Phone: (251) 861-8201

Chris Simoniello
University of South Florida, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Observing System
Phone: (727) 332-1318

Habitat Conservation and Restoration

James Pahl
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Phone: (225) 342-2413

Open Position

Nutrient and Nutrient Impacts

Melanie Morris
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Phone: (601) 961-5044
Email: Melanie_Morris

Natalie Segrest
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Phone: (601) 961-5150
Email: Natelie_Seagrest

Water Quality

Ray Leary

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Phone: (850) 245-8686
Email: raymond.leary@dep.

Matt Howard
Texas A&M University, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Observing System
Phone: (979) 862 4169

Stephen Sempier
MS-AL Sea Grant Consortium
Phone: (228) 818-8830

Special Members

Vembu Subramanian
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Retional Association
Phone: (803) 777-1548

Supporting Documents and Briefs

Charter and Activities

Strategic/Data Management Plan – Under Construction to be completed 2013

DMAC White Paper

Tools and Applications:

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas - An online regional collaboration resulting in assessments of the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity around the Gulf.

GOMAPortal - A metadata catalog and data repository for Gulf of Mexico related geospatial datasets.

Storm Smart Coasts - An online resource for coastal decision makers looking for the latest and best information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards.

GOMAEEN - Gulf of Mexico Alliance Environmental Education Network (GOMAEEN) was formed to increase awareness and stewardship of Gulf coastal resources and to coordinate educational and outreach activities.

GDAPT - Gulf of Mexico Data Acquisition Planning Tool.

MERMAid- The Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid) is a secure, online Web-based application that allows users to create, validate, manage and publish metadata records.

Metadata Transforms - Extensible Markup Language (XML) transformations are available to automate the metadata translation and can be developed to automate metadata creation.

Ecowatch - Provides a data management infrastructure that is comprised of data services and support functions for data discovery.



Dave Reed
Florida Institute of
Phone: (727) 896-8626
Email: Dave.Reed

Carol Parsons Richards
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Phone: (225) 342-9430
Email: carol.richards

Federal Facilitator

Julie Bosch
NOAA Coastal Data Development Center
Phone: (228) 688-3841

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