The Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center is a key player in supplying researchers and decision-makers with the information they need to plan and assess environmental problems along the U.S. Gulf Coast's southern region.
Sample Pictures of Ecological Studies in Gulf of Mexico
TEXGED Center was established in 1995 as the result of funded grant from NASA with a starter of about half million dollars through the small Satellites Initiatives SSTI Lewis of TRW and is called LEWIS SATELLITE HYPERSPECTRAL. Since then the center has participated and collaborated with JPL- NASA and used the AVIRIS sensor. Additionally the center also, used and received daily data from the AVHRR sensor as a collaborative site with NASA and NOAA.
TEXGED Center developed capabilities in conducting research in the environmental science areas such as bioremediation technologies using biological agents such as earthworms and soil microorganisms, monitoring global climatic changes, Biodiversity studies, ecological conservation, ecological changes over time (i.e. Space and time concept) and ecological / bio-modeling. The center has recently on January 2007, participated with 17 minority serving institutions (MSIs) comprised of 13 Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs), three Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and one Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in submitting RFI to the NSF. The title of the project is Science and Engineering Alliance Phosphorus Observatory Network (SEAPON): Evaluating the Long Term Impact of Land Use/Cover and Climate Change on Phosphorous Dynamics. The initial budget submitted with SEAPON totaled $18,318,476. SEAPON is expected to lead to major enhancements in the research and training infrastructure among the MSIs involved. Additionally, the SEAPON project hopes to provide access hubs and the supporting computing and information technology infrastructure to allow routine access to SEAPON data and educational material in communities with limited and low economic resources.
TEXGED Center has collaborated with international universities such as AIN-Shams University in Egypt to establish graduate program in environmental Science to benefit both universities (i.e. PVAMU and Ain Shams University) and to exchange visitors to exchange experience in the issues related to environmental problems. As the results of this cooperation, visitors from both universities were accomplished and seminars were conducted. Additionally, one graduate student at Ph.D. level from Ain Shams University will be trained in TEXGED center to complete and finish his research and data analyses. This cooperation came to exist as the result of funding from Fulbright and US-AID project.
The Center has trained and supported post-doctoral research scientist, undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research projects related to environmental issues, and you can access TEXGED web Site at http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/5296.asp