VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Where Will The Funding Come From?
Since 2010, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has funded the largest research collaboration in the history of marine science. As its $500 million commitment draws to a close, scientists are worried about the future. To continue this important research, there are two main pathways to funding: 1) the federal government and 2) industry. Is either a viable option? What are the potential pitfalls?
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: My Town Was A War Zone
“When I first heard about the spill, my first concern was if any lives were lost. We have so many people in the oil industry that it was very likely that somebody I knew would have been on the rig.” — Wayne Keller.
Wayne Keller, Grand Isle, Louisiana’s Port Director, describes the unsettling events that happened in his small barrier island community just after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Though the disaster occurred in 2010, those first few days are still fresh in his memory.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
USF scientist talks about the health of the Gulf of Mexico 9 years after the BP oil disaster
In April of 2010 BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico over several weeks; the Gulf ecosystem was damaged and researchers are trying to figure out how badly. One of the main scientists looking at the health of the Gulf was our guest on WMNF 88.5 Wednesday. Steve Murawski is a professor…
Photo courtesy of Sean Kinane.
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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