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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


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.


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

  • 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


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

  • 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

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

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

Gulf the Fate of Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium

Lead Investigator: Piers Chapman, Ph.D.

  • MIT

  • WHOI

  • Berkeley

  • Maryland

  • Stanford

  • NC State

  • GIT

  • UT Austin

  • TAMU

Hawaii Manoa

Deepsea the Fate of 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



  • Dauphin

  • Island Sea Lab

  • USF

  • Miami

The Effects of the the Fate of Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems

Lead Investigator: Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D


  • Connecticut College

  • BYU


  • Maryland


  • Tennessee





Florida Gulf Coast


Center for Integrated the Fate of 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


South Alabama

Texas A&M

  • West Florida



  • Eckerd

Hamburg University


  • Miami

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

Lead Investigator: TamayÖzgökmen, Ph.D.

College of Staten Island

Naval Postgraduate School



University of Arizona

Texas A&M University




UT Austin



U. Miami

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

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






Carnegie Mellon


NY City U.





NC State

Arizona State









Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG Deep Sea Oil Releases (C-MED))

Lead Investigator: Raymond Highsmith, Ph.D.

Oregon State


Penn State


Venter Institute


UC Berkeley


U. Miss






Gomri annual meeting
GoMRI Annual Meeting Deep Sea Oil Releases (C-MED)

  • Jan 21 – 25 2013, New Orleans Marriot


  • Call for papers April 2012