Project Details

Advancing Gulf of Mexico Operational Forecasting with Application to Fisheries, Industry Safety, and Natural Hazards (GOFFISH)

Sponsor:  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada: Julio Sheinbaum,  Sheila Natalí Estrada Allis, Karina Jimenez Mendez, Julien Jouanno

Florida A&M University: Steve Morey (Co-Principal Investigator)

Florida State University: Eric Chassignet (Lead Principal Investigator), Alexandra Bozec, Dmitry Dukhovskoy, Luna Hiron, Philippe Miron, Alan Wallcraft, Olmo Zavala-Romero

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Pierre Lermusiaux, Kyprianos Gkirgkis, Pat Haley, Chris Mirabito

North Carolina State University: Ruoying He (Co-Principal Investigator), Nabi Allahdadi, Nazanin Chaichitehrani, Peter Hamilton, Joseph Zambon, Haibo Zong

Scripps Institute of Oceanography: Bruce Cornuelle, Ganesh Gopalakrishnan

University of California, Santa Cruz: Andrew Moore

University of Rhode Island: Kathleen Donohue, D. Randolph Watts, Aryan Safaie

University of South Carolina: Subrahmanyam Bulusu, Kate Seikel

Chevron: James Stear

Fugro:  Grant Stuart, Ben Williams

Tendral: Ashwanth Srinivasan

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL): Gregg Jacobs, Clark Rowley, Prasad Thoppil, Corinne B. Trott

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Derrick Snowden, Pat Burke, Mandy Karnauskas, Hyun-Sook Kim, Matthieu Le Hénaff (University of Miami/CIMAS - NOAA/AOML),  Avichal Mehra, Shachak Pe'eri

Funding Period

February 2022 - January 2027


This project aims to achieve measurable and significant improvements in short- to medium-range (1- to 10-day), subseasonal, and long-range (3- to 6-month) prediction skill of sustained continuous operational forecasts of Gulf of Mexico ocean dynamics.

Project outcomes will support maritime industry safety by reducing risks associated with offshore oil and gas exploration and production, as well as enhancing fisheries management and hurricane/natural hazards forecasting. The GOFFISH Consortium will implement enhancements to established and next-generation GoM forecast systems operated by the U.S. Navy and NOAA, improvements in model utilization of observational data, and development of specific forecast products targeted toward end users in industry.

The GOFFISH Consortium, hosted by Florida State University’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), draws upon the diverse expertise of 23 highly qualified investigators from 11 participating institutions, integrating partners from academia, the private sector, and the federal government.


Work is in progress.

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