Since August 2011, eight research consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) have been working hard to understand impacts from and responses to the Deepwater Horizon incident. Their work represents the efforts of over 1,000 people, including 400 scientists and 275 graduate students, from over 100 national and international institutions.
When asked about accomplishments, the research directors identified progress in areas of the food web, dispersants, marshes, oil fate, and prediction capabilities – all with implications for environmental and public health. These advances contribute to building a better understanding of recovery, damage, and response. Read more.
Simulations of surface drifters representing oil released near the Deepwater Horizon spill show that where the oil travels in time and space after it is released depends strongly on when it was released.
In October 2013, a GISR scientists Ping Chang, Piers Chapman, Rob Hetland, John Kessler, Scott Socolofsky and Terry Wade, along with Ed Buskey from the DROPPS consortium, travelled to Qingdao to take part in a workshop on Deepwater Oil Spills put on by the Cooperative Innovation Center of Marine Science and Technology of the Ocean University of China.