Research on Oil Transport that Informs Spill Response
The first in a three-part series of GoMRI science-for-response articles
If another oil spill were to occur in the Gulf of Mexico today, have there been scientific advances and new tools developed that could better inform response decisions? Have communication and collaboration among scientists and responders improved? Yes and yes.
Recently, consortia directors and leads for smaller-group projects funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) talked about how their science could be used to inform an oil spill response. This article focuses on the science advances and tools related to oil transport that can inform response decisions in the case of future oil spills. It is the first in a three-part series of GoMRI science-for-response articles. The second article will be Research on Dispersants that Informs Oil Spill Response and the third article will be Research on Oil Biodegradation and Monitoring that Informs Spill Response.