Now Available! Marine Technology Society Journal Special Oil Spill Issue

© Marine Technology Society. Jack-up oil rig in the north central Gulf of Mexico (Photo credit: C-IMAGE Consortium)

© Marine Technology Society. Jack-up oil rig in the north central Gulf of Mexico (Photo credit: C-IMAGE Consortium)

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).

Guest editors Steve Murawski, Liesl Hotaling, and Sherryl Gilbert (University of South Florida) and Dana Yoeger (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) explained that a convergence of technology interests during the 2018 TechSurge workshop in New Orleans led to this special issue. Many of the workshop’s attendees were also attending the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference and the Underwater Intervention Conference, both held in New Orleans during the same week as TechSurge.

The more than 100 TechSurge workshop participants represented a unique draw from those attending the two simultaneous conferences, and they felt that there was value in sharing technology related to oil spill research with a broader audience.

The special issue includes the following:


  • Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative: Investigating the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon
    Rita R. Colwell, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tools for Marine Oil Spill Analyses
    Nilde Maggie Dannreuther, Mississippi State University

Technical Notes

  • Infrared Polarimetric Sensing of Oil on Water
    David B. Chenault and Justin P. Vaden, Polaris Sensor Technologies. Inc.; Douglas A. Mitchell and Erik D. Demicco, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
  • Technological Advances in Drifters for Oil Transport Studies
    Guilluame Novelli, Cedric M. Guigand, and Tamay M. Ozgokmen, University of Miami


  • Utilizing Recirculating Aquaculture Systems to Evaluate the Impact of Oil Toxicity on Marine Fishes: Design and Operation of a Large-Scale Experimental System
    Kevan L. Main, Dana L. Wetzel, Randy Grams, and Michael J. Nystrom, Mote Marine Laboratory; Karen Niebuhr and Jim Lewis, Complete Water Services
  • The Use of Autonomous Marine Vehicles by the Hydrocarbon Industry: A Proof of Concept Mission
    Khalid Soofi, ConocoPhillips and Sudhir Pai, Schlumberger Oilfield Services
  • Using Three Acoustic Technologies on Underwater Gliders to Survey Fish
    Chad Lembke, University of South Florida; Susan Lowerre-Barbieri, University of Florida; David Mann, Loggerhead Instruments; and J. Christopher Taylor, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Technology Overviews

  • In-Situ Shadowgraph Imaging
    Adam T. Greer, University of Southern Mississippi
  • A High-Throughput Method (ASE-GC/MS/MS/MRM) for Quantification of Multiple Hydrocarbon Compounds in Marine Environmental Samples
    Isabel C. Romero, University of South Florida

Technology Center Overviews

  • Technological Advances for Ocean Surface Measurements by the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE)
    Tamay M. Ozgokmen, University of Miami; Michel Boufadel, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Dan F. Carlson, Arctic Research Centre; Charles Cousin, GreenWave Instruments, LLC; Cedric Guigand and Brian K. Haus, University of Miami; Jochen Horstmann, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht; Bjoern Lund, University of Miami; Jeroen Molemaker, University of California, Los Angeles; and Guilluame Novelli, University of Miami
  • Closing the Knowledge Gap for Ultra Deep Blowouts: Foci of the C-IMAGE Research Consortium
    Steven A. Murawski and Sherryl Gilbert, University of South Florida
  • The Application of Novel Research Technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium
    Rosanna J. Milligan and Andrea M. Bernard, Nova Southeastern University; Kevin M. Boswell, Heather D. Bracken-Grissom and Marta A. D’Elia, Florida International University; Sergio deRada, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Cole G. Easson, Middle Tennessee State University; David English, University of South Florida; Ron I. Eytan, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Kimberly A. Finnegan, Nova Southeastern University; Chuanmin Hu and Chad Lembke, University of South Florida; Jose V. Lopez, Nova Southeastern University; Bradley Penta, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Travis Richards, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Isabel C. Romero, University of South Florida; Mahmood Shivji, Nova Southeastern University; Laura Timm, Florida International University; Joe D. Warren, Stony Brook University; Max Weber and R. J. David Wells, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Tracey T. Sutton, Nova Southeastern University
  • Novel Application of Laboratory Instrumentation Characterizes Mass Settling Dynamics of Oil-Mineral Aggregates (OMAs) and Oil-Mineral-Microbial Interactions
    Leiping Ye, University of Delaware; Andrew J. Manning, University of Delaware, HR Wallingford Ltd., Coasts and Oceans Group, Wallingford, UK, University of Hull, and University of Plymouth; Tian-Jian Hsu, University of Delaware; Steve Morey, Florida A&M University and Florida State University; Eric P. Chassignet and Tracy A. Ippolito, Florida State University.
  • From Bubbles to Beaches: An Integrated Modeling Approach to Oil Spill Response
    Piers Chapman, Steven DiMarco, Robert Hetland, and Scott Socolofsky, Texas A&M University
  • Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems (C-MEDS)
    Alon McCormick, University of Minnesota and Vijay John, Tulane University

By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther. Contact with questions or comments.


The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit

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