A dedicated research team of over 50 specialists from academia, non-profit organizations, animal care providers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are continuing the assessment of Gulf of Mexico dolphins to learn how the 2010 oil spill affected these vulnerable marine mammals.
Scientists analyzed spectral images of surface oil slicks and proposed a new method to determine oil distribution and thickness when high resolution imagery is not available.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce the Marine Technology Society Journal special issue, Advancing Oil Spill Technology: Beyond the Horizon (Volume 52, Number 6, November/December 2018).
Scientists completed a regionally comprehensive analysis of impacts and recovery from Deepwater Horizon oiling in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay sediment-dwelling infaunal community (microalgae and small multi-cellular animals).
Ocean models that utilize surface drifter data can provide oil spill responders with important information about the floating oil’s direction and speed as it moves along the ocean surface.
Scientists used 3D regional ocean model simulations and sediment trap data to investigate how large (mesoscale) and small (submesoscale) circulations affect the transport of sinking particles, or marine snow, in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Small-scale convergence and divergence processes (a few kilometers) and cross-shore transport of riverine inputs induced by mesoscale eddies significantly influenced the speed and trajectory of sinking particles in offshore waters.
The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal published an article that describes how oysters (that filter up to 50 gallons of water a day) fare under hazardous environmental conditions.
Scientists developed a modeling framework that includes small-scale fluid dynamics to investigate how dispersant application during Deepwater Horizon may have affected oil biodegradation and the environment.
Fall 2018 – GoMRI Synthesis & Legacy – JANUARY 8, 2019 (From Fall 2018 Newsletter) Contributing Author: Callan Yanoff The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s (GoMRI) Synthesis and Legacy efforts are well underway, with several Synthesis workshops already having occurred throughout the country. The range of topics discussed has been quite varied, from one workshop…
GoMRI Attends the 2018 Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana – JANUARY 8, 2019 (From Fall 2018 Newsletter) Members of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) management team, the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach team, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) attended the…