After the Oil Spill: Research Projects in the Gulf of Mexico with GoMRI

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was formed as a 10-year independent research program with money provided by BP to fund an independent research program looking at the impact of oil spills on the environment and public health. Five main research themes were chosen by the GoMRI Board at the outset—physical movement of the oil and dispersant, degradation of the oil and its interaction with the ecosystem, environmental effects of the oil and dispersant, development of technology for improved response and remediation, and the effects of oil and dispersant on human health.

You can read more about GoMRI and browse through this slideshow to see some of the ongoing research projects that have been funded. You can also browse through the projects on an interactive map of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The Ocean Portal receives support from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to develop and share stories about GoMRI and oil spill science. 

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. For more information, visit http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.

Looking at Oil Spills Drop by Drop: Some of the biggest questions about oil spills center around tiny droplets: drops of oil, drops of water, and drops of dispersant. By looking at the interactions between these drops (as well as their interactions with plankton), researchers with GoMRI's DROPPS project hope to better understand how oil breaks down and affects wildlife. Here, a raindrop falls into a surface oil slick treated with chemical dispersant.