GoMRI Attends 2017 International Oil Spill Conference

Members of the GoMRI Management Team, the Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative attend the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference. From left to right: Rosalie Rossi (GRIIDC), Katie Fillingham (GMT), Kevin Shaw (GMT), Chuck Wilson (GMT), and Monica Wilson (Florida Sea Grant). Photo Credit: Katie Fillingham.

Members of the GoMRI Management Team, the Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative attend the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference. From left to right: Rosalie Rossi (GRIIDC), Katie Fillingham (GMT), Kevin Shaw (GMT), Chuck Wilson (GMT), and Monica Wilson (Florida Sea Grant). Photo Credit: Katie Fillingham.

(From Spring 2017 Newsletter) The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) attended the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) from May 15-18 in Long Beach, California. Members of the GoMRI Management Team (GMT), the Gulf Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) partnered on a booth in the exhibit hall, which saw many visitors.

The goal of the IOSC is to bring together representatives from all sectors, including academia, government, industry, and response, to share information and address challenges surrounding oil spills and response. The full conference program is available online here.

In addition to the booth, GoMRI hosted a Hot Topics Session on May 17 that featured four GoMRI researchers. Dr. Chris Reddy (RFP-V, C-IMAGE, Deep-C) presented An Overview on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s Hydrocarbon Intercalibration Experiment, Dr. Tamay Özgökmen (CARTHE) spoke about Advances in the CARTHE Research Program in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Antonietta Quigg (ADDOMEx) discussed Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation and Flocculent Accumulation (MOSSFA): Intersections Between Biology and Chemistry in the Water Column and Developing Response Strategies, and Dr. David Hollander (C-IMAGE) shared the Comparison of Sediment Records from the Ixtoc-1 (1979) and DWH (2010) Marine Oil Well Blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico. Each presentation was followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Several GoMRI scientists also presented their research at the conference through talks and posters.

Additionally, the conference included a film festival. Dispatches from the Gulf was shown four times over the course of the week and was awarded first place for best film at the festival. Dr. Chuck Wilson, GoMRI’s Chief Scientific Officer, accepted the award on behalf of Screenscope and Hal and Marilyn Weiner during the awards luncheon. Congratulations to Hal and Marilyn Weiner and the Screenscope team on this recognition!

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