Florida’s universities have received $20 million to study the long-term effects of last year’s BP Gulf Coast oil spill disaster.
Texas A&M University researchers in the College of Geosciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering are the lead investigators in a $14.4 million project that will investigate the transport and eventual fate of petroleum fluids that have erupted at depth, such as those that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon spill last year.
Two Texas groups are among the first to receive grants from BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study how last year’s massive oil spill impacted the environment and to develop methods to better respond to future spills.
A research group led by the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science was awarded an $11 million grant to study the ecological impacts of last year’s gulf oil spill and the unprecedented use of dispersants.
University of West Florida researchers will participate in two major studies on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem.
$112.5 Million Awarded to Research Consortia Studying Effects of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Funds Eight Research Teams, Additional Grant Competition to be Announced Soon
The nation will be looking to Florida State University and its expertise in the marine sciences as it studies the long-term after effects and changes in the Gulf of Mexico following last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
On Tuesday, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board, charged with administering BP’s commitment, announced that eight research consortia will share $112.5 million of that $500 million over the next three years.