UM Rosenstiel School Scientists Awarded Over $6 Million To Study Gulf of Mexico

This is a photograph of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit, April 2010. (Credit: US Coast Guard)

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Researchers receive three years of funding to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.

(From EurekAlert!) — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board awarded over $6 million to University of Miami UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. A total of nearly $38 million and 22 research proposals are being funded under the GoMRI program.

The UM Rosenstiel School awardees include:

  • Lynn ‘Nick’ Shay, UM professor of ocean sciences, was awarded $2,828,784 for a three-year study, titled ‘Three-Dimensional Gulf Circulation and Biogeochemical Processes Unveiled by State of the Art Profiling Float Technology and Data Assimilative Ocean Models.’ Partner institutions include: North Carolina State University, Dalhousie University, and Teledyne Webb Research.
  • Villy Kourafalou, UM research professor of ocean sciences, was awarded $2,220,531 for a three-year study, titled ‘Influence of River Induced Fronts on Hydrocarbon Transport.’ Partner institutions include: University of South Florida, Water Mapping LLC, and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
  • William Drennan, UM professor of ocean sciences, was awarded $992,274 for a three-year study, titled ‘Investigation of Oil Spill Transport in Coupled Wind-Wave Current Environment Using Simulation and Laboratory Studies.’ Partner institution: University of Minnesota.

The researchers submitted research proposals in response to GoMRI’s fifth request for proposals, part of a program designed to support research by individual investigators or by collaborative teams during 2016-2018. All UM-funded research projects will begin in January 2016.

“The Research Board was impressed with the quality of the 288 applications received,” said Dr. Rita Colwell, chairperson of the GoMRI Research Board. “As is our practice, all proposals underwent a rigorous merit review process like that used by the National Science Foundation. This process has served us well, as demonstrated by the impressive array of research findings published in scientific journals by those researchers GoMRI has already funded.”

Read the full article here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uomr-urs120815.php

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