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Rapid Response Study Characterizes Behaviors of Accidental Short-Term Oil Blowouts

August 26, 2016

(GoMRI) August 26, 2016 An interdisciplinary scientific team conducted a rapid response sampling campaign in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Hercules 265 blowout to determine if sediment and fish were polluted above established baseline levels. Surface sediments and fish bile analyses suggested that the blowout transported and deposited an increased concentration of Hercules-derived hydrocarbons […]

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Drifters, Bamboo Plates Reveal Gulf Of Mexico Current Insights

May 20, 2016

By Daniel Kelly on May 20, 2016 (Enviromental Monitor) In 2012, we watched as scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), launched hundreds of GPS-equipped drifters into the Gulf to track their movements. This was part of the […]

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Study Models Oil Aerobic Biodegradation Rates in Tidal Beaches

May 19, 2016

(GoMRI) May 19, 2016 A team of scientists created a numerical model that simulates hydrocarbon biodegradation and transport in tidally influenced beaches to identify key factors affecting biodegradation in these environments. They found that several limiting factors, including tidal stages, oxygen and nutrient concentrations, and groundwater seepage into the water column significantly affected modeled biodegradation […]

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Ten Outstanding Education Products Six Years After Deepwater Horizon

April 20, 2016

(GoMRI) April 20, 2016 Communicating oil spill research is essential to improve society‚Äôs understanding about spills and their ability to respond to and mitigate them. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has been funding spill-related research since 2010. Here are ten outstanding education products and resources that GoMRI and its science community have developed […]

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