Oil Spill Research Consortium Publishes Summary Highlights of Their Findings

Cover of the C-IMAGE booklet that highlights nearly a decade of oil spill research.

Cover of the C-IMAGE booklet that highlights nearly a decade of oil spill research.

In recognition of the Deepwater Horizon 10th anniversary, researchers with the Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) led by the University of South Florida developed a booklet that features highlights of studies funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The booklet gives an overview of findings related to oil spill impacts on fishes, the processes involved with oil sinking to the seafloor, and sub-sea dispersant use.

The team originally planned to host a media event to publicize their scientific findings; however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 and associated safety issues, that event was cancelled. Instead, to provide ease for virtual media inquiries, they produced this booklet as a digitally-available resource for reporters and others as a one-stop-shop for information on some high-level research findings.

The C-IMAGE team also developed a corresponding webpage that provides additional resources, such as  an interactive website exploring several Gulf of Mexico oil spills, audio-visual media, and graduate students profiles.

A special memorial section on the main C-IMAGE website honors the eleven men who lost their lives during Deepwater Horizon and three members of the C-IMAGE team who have passed since then.

Here is a list of some C-IMAGE resources:

By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther. Contact maggied@ngi.msstate.edu with questions or comments.

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This research was made possible in part by grants from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems consortia C-IMAGEC-IMAGE II, and C-IMAGE III.

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 https://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.

© Copyright 2010-2020 Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) – All Rights Reserved. Redistribution is encouraged with acknowledgement to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Please credit images and/or videos as done in each article. Questions? Contact web-content editor Nilde “Maggie” Dannreuther, Northern Gulf Institute, Mississippi State University (maggied@ngi.msstate.edu).