Participants complete the "Protect Your Egg" activity during the workshop.

Coastal communities need to be flexible enough to adapt to a changing climate. Unfortunately, many localities need help. This workshop held on January 26-28, 2016 at the DRC, provided audiences with strategies, actions, and tools to help adapt to a dynamic climate.

Volunteers with the Lake Pontchartrain Foundation and Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program removed hundreds of derelict crab traps from the coastal waters of Louisiana during blue crab season closures on February 13 and 20, 2016, respectively.

The Trustees have released a final comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. It is based on the thorough assessment of impacts to the Gulf's natural resources -- and the services they provide following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Participants learn about surface washing agents at the NRPT workshop in Texas.

On May 24-26, 2016, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) sponsored a NOAA Regional Preparedness Training (NRPT) Workshop at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Galveston, Texas.

Pie chart showing 2016 Atlantic hurricane likelihood of a near-normal season.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season kicked off on June 1. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says it will most likely be a near-normal season.

Image of the NOAA Hurricane Hunters plane.

The 2016 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour made five stops this year—with one being in Mobile, Alabama, on May 19.

Kyle Parson and his girlfriend.

Kyle Parson is the newest member of the CO-OPS Gulf Coast Team at NOAA's Disaster Response Center (DRC).

Students participate in the oiled feather exercise during the SOS class.

Each year, the Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division and the Disaster Response Center (DRC) hold the Science of Oil Spills (SOS) class. In 2016, it was held March 28 through April 1.

On March 21-24, 2016, the Emergency Response Division and the Disaster Response Center of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration hosted the first Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) class in Mobile, Alabama.

Beginning banner of the Treasures of NOAA's Ark exhibit explaining our history.

On May 6, 2016, the Treasures of NOAA's Ark exhibit opened to the public at GulfQuest, the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, in Mobile, Alabama.

Jack Marshall holding his baby niece, Magnolia.

As the newest member of NOAA's CO-OPS Gulf Coast Team, Jack Marshall will be helping with projects related to measuring water levels, currents, and other oceanographic data around the Gulf of Mexico.

NOAA, the Mississippi and Alabama National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR), and NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center will host the workshop "Discovering Steps to Safeguard our People and the Places They Live: A Climate Adaptation Training for Coastal Communities" from January 26-28, 2016.

The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division (ERD) will be hosting its Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) class in Mobile, Alabama, January 12-14, 2016.

Science of Chemical Releases spelled out using periodic table of elements.

The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division and Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) are now offering a Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) course from March 21-24, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama.

Two people closely examining rocks and seaweed on a shoreline.

The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division (ERD) will be hosting its Science of Oil Spills (SOS) class in Mobile, Alabama, March 28-April 1, 2016.

Derelict boat partially submerged in a Gulf of Mexico marsh.

A few updates on marine debris resources now available and planning efforts underway in the Gulf of Mexico:

On November 17, 2015, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) hosted the second of three regional risk communication workshops.

A Coastal Cleanup team poses with collected debris.

This is the 10th year the NOAA Marine Debris Program has supported the International Coastal Cleanup. The Coastal Cleanup is part of an international effort to remove marine debris from coastal waters.

Students from the U.S. Coast Guard stand in a line around a conference room.

During the week of September 14-18, 2015, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center hosted the U.S. Coast Guard for its Leadership and Management School (LAMS).

In September 2015, NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) personnel from the Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama, traveled to New Orleans to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new water level and meteorological station on the southwest side of Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.