VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Tracking Ocean Currents (Part 2)
As the mission continues, the researchers are being tossed around by rough seas. They call in air support to give them a better idea of their forecast. Fortunately, the weather turns and the team is able to deploy the drifters. Their goal is to predict where the wind, waves, and currents of the Gulf would take surface oil after a major spill.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
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.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster
In the Marshall Islands, Runit Dome holds more than 3.1 million cubic feet — or 35 Olympic-sized swimming pools — of radioactive soil and debris, including lethal amounts of plutonium. Nowhere else has the United States saddled another country with so much of its nuclear waste, a product of its Cold War atomic testing program.
Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Cole / LA Times.
Science Continually Evolves
Science continually evolves. To see the latest research updates on topics in this newsletter, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative web site.
The Story of GoMRI
Not long after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was created. Designed to fund an investigation of the largest offshore oil spill in history, GoMRI quickly became one of the most successful research collaborations in marine science history. Today, as the initiative’s efforts draw to a close, the breadth of research is unprecedented. It’s an amazing story—one that started with a single phone call.
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The Dispatches from the Gulf Documentaries
In the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon, 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. Follow them over 10 years of remarkable research.
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