Scientists funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) are investigating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the environment and public health and contributing to improved response technologies.
Their work represents the efforts of nearly 2,700 people, including 1,440 scientists and 690 graduate students from 240 national and international institutions.
The Smithsonian highlighted a representative selection of ongoing GoMRI-funded research through pictures and captions. View the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal slideshow here.
To learn more about the GoMRI research featured in the Ocean Portal slideshow, check out these links:
GoMRI Program Overviews:
- GoMRI-Funded Research Projects, People, and Publications
- Video: The Making of a Ten-Year Gulf of Mexico Research Program
- BioScience Features GoMRI-Funded Research on Oil Spill Impacts
- GoMRI Advances Science Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Peer-Reviewed Science Summaries:
- Study Estimates Decades-Long Persistence of Harmful Hydrocarbons in Marshes
- Study Extends Precise Analysis of Oxygenated Products in Weathered Oil
- Study Shows Drifter Data on Surface Currents Critical to Predict Pollutant Transport
- Study Identifies Highly-Efficient Methane-Eating Microbe Present after Oil Spill
- Study Identifies Efficient Food-Grade Emulsifier as Dispersant Alternative
- Study Shows Extended Footprint of Oil Spill Impact on Corals
Research Activity Descriptions:
- Boaters, Vacationers, and Beach Lovers Report Drift Cards for Oil-Spill Research
- By Land and Not By Sea: Flying, Creeping, Crawling Critters in Marshes Help Track Oil Impact
- Tracking the Last Mile Before Oil Meets the Beach
GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.
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/.
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