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).
Scientists evaluated the effects of oil contamination on coastal mangrove plants. Their partially-submerged root system makes them vulnerable to pollutants. Scientists found that oil coated the mangrove roots and reduced water transport, leading to rapid plant dehydration.
Scientists demonstrated an effective and environmentally benign technology to harness the forces that cause an oil spill to spread.
An interest in oil spill research led Olasehinde Owoseni from Ile-Ife, an ancient city in Nigeria, to the Louisiana coast. Such a change might seem intimidating, but Sehinde sees it is as a small step toward his greater goal.
An exciting aspect of scientific research is unexpected discovery. While investigating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists made unanticipated, yet fundamentally important, discoveries that shape our understanding of ocean science and Gulf ecosystems.
Responders to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill used nearly two million gallons of dispersant to assist biodegradation and prevent shoreline oiling.
Scientists assessed the use of clay particles in experiments to develop a new class of dispersant that is effective and less toxic than those used in the Deepwater Horizon response.
Scientists from the University of Maryland and Tulane University investigated the possibility of using food-grade materials for oil spill remediation.
Scientists using a high-speed camera to observe bubbles bursting have gained new insight into the hydrodynamics of complex fluids.
Amitesh Saha is on a mission to find safer alternatives to dispersants currently being used in oil spill cleanup.