The GoMRI emphasizes interdisciplinary science and technology involving experts in physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography; marine biology; coastal and reef ecosystems, fisheries and wildlife ecology; public health; and associated development of physical, chemical, and biological instrumentation, advanced modelling, and informatics. All activities combine state of the art research with deep scientific knowledge of the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico to create fundamental advances in understanding the interactions that occurred and continue to occur among the marine and coastal ecosystems, oil, and oil dispersants produced by the catastrophic loss of the DWH oil drilling platform. The success of the GoMRI depends on a combination of regional knowledge with regional, national, and international research innovation.
In order to achieve the GoMRI mission, two rounds of 3-year funding have been awarded to Research Consortia. In addition to the nineteen currently funded individual investigator awards, these consortia play a critical role in addressing the GoMRI Research Themes, building scientific capacity, and coordinating across disciplines. Consortia are comprised of 4 or more research institutions from the Gulf region, the U.S., and the international science community. To learn more, click here.