Leveraging CITP Successes for Future Research

The many successes of the CIAP program in all of the coastal states are a testament to effective program administration and thoughtful utilization of the funding made available by revenue sharing. The scope and impact of the many projects implemented across the program as a whole underscore what can be accomplished through a well-considered process of collaboration, planning, and implementation. CITP is but one example of the prodigious achievements of CIAP.

CITP addressed a comprehensive suite of topics and areas of research need. These research and demonstration projects accomplished so much because of the partners who took part in the program. In addition to the important work of the CITP sub-recipients in academia as well as private and non-profit organizations, it was the oil and gas industry that responded with important feedback and willingness to participate in workshops and field studies. These efforts yielded invaluable information, tools, and technologies to improve environmental performance and foster conservation, prosperity, and resilience in the coastal areas of Texas.

It is important to recognize the significance of what has been accomplished by CIAP, and the CITP program in particular. The research resources and experience of HARC in the fields of ecosystem science and oil and gas production provide invaluable insight into the complex connections of nature, humanity and the industrial world. The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program remains uniquely configured and positioned to carry out research of this kind because of its many relationships with academic researchers and within the oil and gas industry around the country. These strengths that are unique to HARC and EFD were very effectively applied to make the most of what CIAP provided.

As well as CIAP accomplishments, the CIAP programmatic structure could and should be leveraged to serve as a model for future research efforts. Funding from programs such as the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) have brought forth a new era of research initiatives to benefit the coastal states of the Gulf of Mexico. These programs represent enormous opportunities to extend the scope, reach, and impact of research, not only in conservation and restoration, but also in building resilience in coastal communities, economies and ecosystems.