The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. From Response to Coordinated Research Established 2011. Deepwater Horizon. Credit : US Chemical Safety Board . Deepwater Horizon . Photograph by Joel Sartore , National Geographic. Deepwater Horizon. Credit: Reuters.
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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
From Response to Coordinated Research
Credit: US Chemical Safety Board
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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
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.
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:
Yr-1, RFP-I and RFP-III
•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
Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium
Lead Investigator: Piers Chapman, Ph.D.
Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C)
Lead Investigator: Eric Chassignet, Ph.D.
The Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems
Lead Investigator: Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D
Florida Gulf Coast
Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-Image)
Lead Investigator: Steve Murawski, Ph.D.
University of Calgary
University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
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
The Science and Technology of Dispersants as Relevant to Deep Sea Oil Releases (C-MED)
Lead Investigator: Vijay T. John, Ph.D.
NY City U.
Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG)
Lead Investigator: Raymond Highsmith, Ph.D.