Sea Grant Brings Partnership with GoMRI to NOAA for Oil Spill Preparedness

Friday April 28 Brown Bag Luncheon

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Program is collaborating with NOAA entities to extend the two-way dialogue with sectors who were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A brown-bag lunch presentation will be held on Friday, April 28 at noon eastern time in Silver Spring, MD (NOAA Central Library) and is open to the public, either in person or via webinar at

Presentation highlights will include the effective public/private outreach partnership between Sea Grant and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiate (GoMRI), program evaluation, and extending the Sea Grant model to a national level.  The presentation will also highlight the cooperation between Sea Grant and NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) that leverages the science outreach expertise of Sea Grant with the operational scientific support and injury assessment roles of OR&R to create a unique extension and engagement program.


Stephen Sempier, Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager and Deputy Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium where he has led or coordinated several Gulf-wide, NOAA-supported projects during the last ten years.

Scott Lundgren, Chief of the Emergency Response Division (ERD) at NOAA OR&R where he leads scientific support in spill preparedness and response to 150 coastal oil and chemical pollution emergencies annually.


GoMRI and the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) have partnered to create an oil spill science outreach program. The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team synthesizes peer-reviewed science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast. Sea Grant offers oil-spill-related public seminars across the Gulf Coast. Click here to view upcoming science seminars and read about recently-held events. To receive email updates about seminars, publications, and the outreach team, click here.

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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