VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It’s A Bit Like Family
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill inspired an unprecedented scientific collaboration. Funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, this effort has fostered a new problem-solving approach—one that replaces individual investigations with interdisciplinary partnerships. Here, we learn about the community that has emerged: a global family dedicated to challenging and supporting each other in the quest to understand, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of oil pollution.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: When You Fail, You Are Doing Good Science
While it may seem like a contradictory idea, failure can often better prepare scientists for discovery and success. Professors Raffaele Montuoro, Piers Chapman, and Steve DiMarco acknowledge how much can be learned from it. Their message to young scientists: “It is okay to fail.”
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
What Was Found In Belize’s Great Blue Hole?
Jacques Cousteau made the Great Blue Hole famous in 1971 when he declared it to be one of the world’s best diving sites. A part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hole exists within the Lighthouse Reef approximately 40 miles offshore.
Cousteau’s grandson Fabien recently returned to the Hole with Sir Richard Branson and a team of explorers to capture many high-quality photos and videos of the Hole’s enigmatic characteristics via a three-person Aquatica Submarine, a Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration Submarine, and sonar technology provided by Kongsberg Mesotoech.
Photo courtesy of Getty.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore 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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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Stream Dispatches 1+2 and Short Videos
Digital versions of Dispatches 1+2 are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists.
Dispatches short videos featuring human interest stories and exploring cutting-edge scientific case studies about the Gulf of Mexico are available on YouTube.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
A Spanish subtitled version of Dispatches 1 is available via streaming.
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