Gulf Coast Section

The Gulf Coast is a hub for marine technology with professionals working in the military, private sectors, and government agencies along with many strong university programs in marine sciences. The Section hosts Oceans in Action (view photos from our 2019 conference), along with other meetings with speakers throughout the year.

Learn more about Oceans in Action


Katharine Weathers, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information
[email protected]

Richard “Dick” Crout, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Mark Smits, Geospatial Program Director – Maritime Solutions, Woolpert
[email protected]

Student Liaison
Craig Cumbee, Naval Oceanographic Office
[email protected]

OIA Chair 
Laurie Jugan, MSET Consultant
[email protected]

Corporate Sponsor

C&C Technologies, Inc. in Lafayette, LA 
Fugro Chance, Inc.

Institutional Sponsors

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
Gulf Coast Research Lab

Archived Webinars

MTS Gulf Coast Section Webinar: CruisePack - A tool to facilitate packaging,  submission and archiving of cruise-based data

(January 26, 2022)


  • Chuck Anderson, Senior Data Manager, University of Colorado, Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • Katharine Weathers, MTS Gulf Coast Section Chair
Webinar Recording


MTS Gulf Coast Section Webinar: Wave Killer Systems - New Innovation For Port Protection 

(October 21, 2021)


  • Destino Rivera, CEO and sole proprietor of Atlantean Technologies
Webinar Recording