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Harte Research Institute Receives Second Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award

June 27, 2013

Gulf Guardian

TAMPA, Florida –The Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been presented with a Second Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Bi-National Category from the Gulf of Mexico Program.

The HRI was recognized for its one-stop document and searchable geospatial database, Gulf 360, during an awards ceremony held in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 26. 

The Gulf 360 database, which focuses on the coastal socioeconomic characteristics of the Gulf of Mexico, is the first effort that encompasses socioeconomic data from the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico (Cuba, Mexico, United States) and can act as a benchmark for future analysis. The output can be used by the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academics, and government entities in order to make more effective decisions by incorporating socioeconomic information. Gulf 360 was developed by the Harte Research Institute in collaboration with the Centro de Especialistas en Gestión Ambiental, Mexico.

The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian awards in 2000 to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful, and productive. Awards are given in seven categories: individual, business/industry, youth environmental education, civic/nonprofit organizations, cultural diversity/environmental justice, partnership and bi-national efforts. The Gulf of Mexico Program, underwritten by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, began in 1988 to protect, restore, and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically sustainable ways.

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