Dispatches E-News: European Partners, Whales & Robots, and Deep-sea Corals (01/10/18)

European Partners

Thousands of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, scientists in Norway and Germany are collaborating with Johns Hopkins and the University of South Florida on oil spill studies.

Researchers created a tower basin to recreate the conditions of a deep-sea oil well blow out in miniature. This impressive set up let them spray high pressure oil droplets and look at the effect of one of the most controversial parts of the Deepwater Horizon spill: adding chemical dispersants into the stream of escaping oil.

These transatlantic partnerships are an important part of the knowledge sharing and innovation that have defined the massive scientific response to Deepwater Horizon.


GulfCast: The Whale Who Fell In Love With a Robot

Dr. Scott Socolofsky tells us about the long path that led him to study Deepwater Horizon oil in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico — culminating with the amazing story of a whale who fell love with a robot.


Jewels of the Gulf: Deep-sea Coral Educational Video Series

What are deep-sea corals? Why are researchers conducting studies on their health? What type of equipment do scientists use to conduct research at the deep ocean seafloor?

The research and outreach teams with ECOGIG developed three videos that answer these questions and more about Gulf of Mexico coral. The ECOGIG team developed these videos as part of their 12-day science expedition on the exploration vessel Ocean Intervention II earlier this year. Scientists on this expedition were continuing their multi-year investigations on how oil, gas, and chemical dispersants affect marine life and their environment after Deepwater Horizon.

Photo courtesy of ECOGIG.


Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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