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The gulf of mexico research initiative

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

From Response to Coordinated Research

Established 2011


Deepwater horizon

Deepwater Horizon

Credit: US Chemical Safety Board


Deepwater horizon1

Deepwater Horizon

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic


Deepwater horizon2

Deepwater Horizon

Credit: Reuters

U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


Deepwater horizon3

Deepwater Horizon

Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images


Mission

Mission

The mission of Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is to implement an independent research program that will

  • Study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident and the potential associated impact of this and similar incidents on the environment and public health and

  • Develop improvements for spill mitigation, oil detection and characterization, and advanced remediation technologies.


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Goal

The ultimate goal of the GoMRI is be to improve society’s ability to understand, respond to and mitigate the impacts of petroleum pollution and related stressors of the marine and coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on conditions found in the Gulf of Mexico. Knowledge accrued will be applied to restoration and to improving the long-term environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico.


Research themes

Research Themes

  • Physical distribution and ultimate fate of contaminants associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident;

  • Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the contaminants;

  • Environmental effects of the contaminants on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and the science of ecosystem recovery;

  • Technology developments for improved detection, characterization, mitigation, and remediation of offshore oil spills; and

  • Impacts of oil spills on public health.


Research board

Research Board

  • Rita Colwell – UMD & JHU

  • Margaret Leinen – FAU

  • Debra Benoit – Nicholls State

  • Peter Brewer – MBARI

  • Richard Dodge – NOVA SE

  • John Farrington – WHOI

  • Kenneth Halanych – Auburn

  • David Halpern – NASA

  • William Hogarth – FIO

  • Jörg Imberger – W. Australia

  • Raymond Orbach – Tx Austin

  • Jürgen Rullkötter – University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • David Shaw – MSU

  • John Shepherd –University of Southampton, UK

  • Bob Shipp – South Alabama

  • Burton Singer – Florida

  • CiroSumaya – Texas A&M

  • Dennis Wiesenburg – USM

  • Charles Wilson – LSU

  • Dana Yoerger – WHOI

  • Michael Carron – GOMA

    • Ex Officio


Scientific integrity

Scientific Integrity

  • GoMRI uses National Science Board peer evaluation protocols to select funded research

  • Independent reviews are comprised of scientific peers not affiliated with institutions who lead proposed projects to avoid conflict of interest in the selection of funded research

  • All reviewers sign conflict of interest and non-disclosure statements

  • Individual researchers will comply with professional standards as defined by the National Academies of Science

  • All GoMRI-funded researchers conduct independent and objective work with no influence from BP

  • Researchers independently publish their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals with no requirement for BP approval


The gulf of mexico research initiative

  • Alabama State

  • Auburn

  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab

  • Florida A&M

  • Florida Atlantic

  • Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Florida Institute of Technology

  • Florida International University

  • Florida State University

  • Harte Research Institute

  • Jackson State University

  • Jacksonville State University

  • Louisiana State University

  • Mississippi State University

  • Mote Marine Lab

  • National Institutes of Health

  • Nova Southeastern University

  • Samford University

  • Troy University

  • Tuskegee University

  • University of Alabama

  • U. Alabama at Birmingham

  • U. Alabama at Huntsville

  • U. Alabama at Tuscaloosa

  • University of Central Florida

  • University of Florida

  • University of Miami

  • University of Mississippi

  • University of New Orleans

  • University of South Alabama

  • University of South Florida

  • U. of Southern Mississippi

  • University of West Alabama

  • University of West Florida

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Rfp iii summer sampling

RFP-III (Summer Sampling)

To ensure continuity of observations and sampling while the peer-review process was underway, $1.5 million in grants were issued in June 2011 to the following institutions:

  • University of South Florida

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Auburn University

  • University of Georgia Research Foundation

  • Texas Tech University

  • University of Southern Mississippi

  • LSU Agriculture Center

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Texas AgriLife Research

  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab

  • Florida State University

  • Mississippi State University

  • Louisiana State University

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute


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  • WHOI

  • Johns Hopkins

  • GA Research Foundation

  • Texas Tech

  • MSU

  • Auburn

  • USM

  • LSU

  • FSU

  • Texas AgriLife

  • DISL

  • ULL

  • USF

  • Tulane


Rfp i consortia

RFP-I (Consortia)

  • The Impact of Biological, Physical and Chemical Processes on the Fate of Oil Spills – Bridging Small-Scale Processes with Meso-Scale Modeling

    • University of Texas at Austin - Marine Science Institute

  • Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium

    • Texas A&M University at College Station

  • Deepseato Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

    • Florida State University

  • The Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems

    • Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium


Rfp i consortia1

RFP-I (Consortia)

  • Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystems

    • University of South Florida

  • Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment

    • University of Miami

  • The Science and Technology of Dispersants as Relevant to Deep-Sea Oil Releases

    • Tulane University

  • Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf

    • University of Mississippi


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Yr-1, RFP-I and RFP-III


Gomri funds awarded as of december 31 2011

GoMRI Funds Awardedas of December 31, 2011


Rfp ii pi based

RFP-II (PI-based)

  • RFP – II released in December 2011

  • Single projects

  • $100,000 – $1,000,000 each

  • $7.5M/year for 3 years


Data management policy guiding principles

Data Management PolicyGuiding Principles

•Timely submission of data and model outputs by RC and Principal Investigators (PIs) to the GoMRI “Research Database”

•Timely submission of data to existing national repositories

•Data, results, and ancillary information are made fully accessible to the public with minimum time delay

•Use of existing data standards and management systems as much as practicable

•Ensure data interoperability to the greatest extent possible

•Employ best practices for data policy and data management as elucidated by NSF and NOAA or other agency appropriate for the topic of study

•A strong commitment to data management by each RC and participating PI


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The Impact of Biological, Physical and Chemical Processes on the Fate of Oil Spills – bridging small scale processes with meso-scale modeling (DROPPS)

Lead Investigator: Edward J. Buskey, Ph.D

  • Clarkson

  • Minnesota

  • Wisconsin

Increasing velocity

  • PENN

  • JHU

  • SINTEF, Norway

  • U. Texas


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Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium

Lead Investigator: Piers Chapman, Ph.D.

  • MIT

  • WHOI

  • Berkeley

  • Maryland

  • Stanford

  • NC State

  • GIT

  • UT Austin

  • TAMU

Hawaii Manoa


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Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C)

Lead Investigator: Eric Chassignet, Ph.D.

  • WHOI

  • SAIC

  • Norwegian Meteorological Institute

  • GIT

West Florida

  • NRL

FSU

FIO

  • Dauphin

  • Island Sea Lab

  • USF

  • Miami


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The Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems

Lead Investigator: Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D

WHOI

  • Connecticut College

  • BYU

Rutgers

  • Maryland

VIMS

  • Tennessee

UNC

LSU Ag

LSU

Lafayette

Florida Gulf Coast

LUMCON


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Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-Image)

Lead Investigator: Steve Murawski, Ph.D.

University of Calgary

Penn State

WageningenUniversity, Netherlands

University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Scripps

South Alabama

Texas A&M

  • West Florida

FIO

USF

  • Eckerd

Hamburg University

Mote

  • Miami


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Consortium for Advanced Research of Hydrocarbon Transport in the Environment (CARTHE)

Lead Investigator: TamayÖzgökmen, Ph.D.

College of Staten Island

Naval Postgraduate School

Delaware

Deltares

University of Arizona

Texas A&M University

NRL

FSU

Tulane

UT Austin

FIO

Nova

U. Miami


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The Science and Technology of Dispersants as Relevant to Deep Sea Oil Releases (C-MED)

Lead Investigator: Vijay T. John, Ph.D.

Minnesota

UMASS

Michigan

Brown

Buffalo

Carnegie Mellon

Princeton

NY City U.

URI

Georgetown

Maryland

Colorado

NC State

Arizona State

Auburn

Austin

USM

LSU

USF

Houston

Tulane

FIU


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Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG)

Lead Investigator: Raymond Highsmith, Ph.D.

Oregon State

Columbia

Penn State

Temple

Venter Institute

Maryland

UC Berkeley

UNC

U. Miss

GaTech

Georgia

Austin

USM

FSU


Gomri annual meeting

GoMRI Annual Meeting

  • Jan 21 – 25 2013, New Orleans Marriot

  • NSF, NIH NOAA

  • Call for papers April 2012


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