On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macando oil well resulted in the loss of 11 lives and the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
Texas OneGulf was established in January 2015 as a Texas Center of Excellence after the Deepwater Horizon disaster to advance research into ongoing impacts from the oil spill and other long-term issues that threaten the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico.
On July 6, 2012, the President signed into law the RESTORE Act, establishing a trust fund for programs, projects and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region.
On July 2, 2015, BP and Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement, $5.5 billion of which would be used for Clean Water Act penalties. A portion will establish Centers of Excellence to fund resilience science.
Later that year, TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker announced the selection of Texas OneGulf as one of two Centers of Excellence in Texas as part of ongoing implementation of the RESTORE Act.
In 2016 OneGulf made its first awards of ~$2 million for research with additional funds from the Governor’s Office. Diverse projects advanced research on red tide, disaster response, and a Gulf of Mexico Report Card.
Since its inception, Texas OneGulf has made additional awards nearing $3 million for research to benefit the resilience of Texas and the Gulf. See below to learn more about our current work.
We Are Nine Texas Institutions
Texas OneGulf is a consortium of nine top state institutions led by the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with wide-ranging expertise in the environment, the economy and human health.
We are a network of experts
The Texas OneGulf Network of Experts is an integrated body of over 150 Texas experts in marine and ocean science, human health, economics, policy and law that can provide rapid, science-based support in solving Gulf of Mexico related problems affecting Texas.
What We're Doing Today
The RESTORE Act designates five disciplines that must be addressed: coastal sustainability, restoration and protection; fisheries and wildlife research and monitoring; safe offshore energy development; sustainable and resilient economic growth; and comprehensive Gulf of Mexico observation, monitoring and mapping. Texas OneGulf advances these areas through its Strategic Research Action Plan.
Strategic Research and Action Plan
The Strategic Research and Action Plan lays out our research goals and capacity we have to advance our vision, which is for OneGulf to become a trusted network of Gulf experts that provides science-driven information to decision-makers working to ensure the environmental, economic and human health sustainability of the Texas Gulf coast and beyond. There are two goals of the Plan - Improve understanding of the Gulf of Mexico as a large marine ecosystem, and improve understanding of the connections between environmental and human health to benefit both.
Below you can access the Plan, OneGulf research data, results from previous research, and learn about upcoming opportunities.
Texas Knowledge Base
The largest ever Gulf of Mexico database to ensure Texas scientists, resource managers, decision-makers and the public have real-time access to the best available science and information.
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