A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.
C-IMAGE is co-hosted a session with Exxon/Mobil at the Clean Gulf Conference this November in Tampa. This API-sponsored session gave workshop attendees a full review of what happens in the response community during an oil spill. The academic research community can play a role in the response effort, however it's important to understand how the response operates, how priorities can shift during the response timeline and how researchers might be able to support the response effort.
The organizing committee would like to everyone that made time to attend. We had about 120 researchers, responders, contractors, state and government agents, and industry representatives at the session. This diverse group provided input for a spirited discussion for the last hour.
Our objectives were to:
• Promote understanding of oil spill response activities
• Discuss the current role of science data in response
• Foster relationships between the research and response community
• Discuss the appropriate role of academic research in a response
• Understand role of ‘operational research’ in response
Where: The Clean Gulf Conference
Tampa Convention Center
Title: Workshop: Oil Spill Response 101 and Exploring the Role of Environmental Research during Response
Tuesday, November 1
For a more detailed description, please visit:
Workshop materials are now available via active links
Introduce background and goals of GoMRI (1 hour)
o CARTHE [10 min, Tamay Ӧzgӧkmen]- not available for review
Introduction to Oil Spill Response (1.5 hour)
Exploring the role of research in a response (1 hour)
The Steering Committee has complied a list of useful links that can be used to supplement the material presented in this workshop. The list highlights partnerships from federal, state, and private entities. While not exhaustive, the list is a meaningful starting point.
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
EPA Oil Spills Prevention and Preparedness Regulations
US National Response Team
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
TGLO Oil Spill
API Oil Spill Prevention + Response
IPIECA and IOGP Oil Spill Resources
IOGP Arctic Response Technology Oil Spill Preparedness
EMSA Oil Spill Response
IPIECA Oil Spill Preparedness
BSEE Oil Spill Response Research
BOEM Oil Spill Research Efforts
The Steering Committee would also like to acknowledge previous workshops and reports that are aligned with the mission of this one:
1. JITF Oil Spill Preparedness and Response report (Nov 2011)
2. Coordinating R&D on Oil Spill Response in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon March 22-24, 2011, Baton Rouge, LA
3. Discussion on Research Priorities in Relation to Federal Oil Spill Response and Restoration, June 27-28, 2013, St. Petersburg, FL
4. Bridging the Gap Between Oil Spill Researchers and Responders Workshop April 14, 2015, Port Aransas, TX
When: 7-9 December, 2016
Where: St. Pete Beach, Florida
Please join us for our Annual All Hands Meeting this December in sunny St. Pete Beach Florida!
Registration is now open. Please follow the link below and provide the requested contact information.
|Wednesday December 7, 2016||Check in by 4:30 pm, Evening Dinner in Sarasota at Mote Aquaculture Park (transportation will provided from the Tradewinds Island Grand)|
|Thursday December 8, 2016||Science Program, Evening Poster Reception (details to follow)|
|Friday December 9, 2016||Science Program, Wrap up by 4pm|
An updated agenda can be downloaded HERE.
Transportation from Tampa International Airport (TPA):
Rental Car: Follow exits for I-275 South towards St. Petersburg from TPA, full directions here.
Uber or Taxi: Uber rides are available from an estimated $27, taxi service for an estimated $80.
SuperShuttle: Shared shuttle services are available from TPA from $23.
The entire meeting will be held at the Tradewinds Island Resort at the Island Grand property located on the beautiful sandy Gulf of Mexico. Rooms are available for our attendees at $106/night. This rate will be made available to our guests from December 6th to December 12th based on availability. Please click here to make your reservations directly with the discount code "usfcic" or you can call 1-800-808-9833 and say that you are with the USF C-IMAGE Consortium. The deadline to make your room reservation is November 7, 2016.
Parking for non-overnight guests will be charged $8.00/day.
Meals will be provided for you during the meeting.
Mark your calendars and start making your travel plans! NMEA 2016 will be hosted by our FMSEA chapter in Orlando, Fla., from June 25 through July 1, 2016! GoMRI will be host a booth at the Conference, so come by and see us!!
Here's a short preview to get you excited:
NMEA’s mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.
The conference draws 300-500 formal and informal educators from high schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for five days of learning, sharing, and networking. Scholarships are available.
Our researchers Dr. David Hastings and Dr. Lauren McDaniel will share their research with the beer-drinking public on May 25, 2016 at The Amsterdam in St. Petersburg, FL. Reserve your tickets now!!
AND NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
David Hastings (Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry, Eckerd College)
We all know the bad news on climate: It’s getting hotter, wetter, drier, with more bad storms. Sea level is rising; drinking water is salty, oceans are acid, and corals are dying. What we don’t hear is the good news. The price of solar and wind energy is plummeting. Solar is equal or cheaper than fossil fuel in 78 countries. Banks see renewables as a good investment. China is doing the right thing. Greenhouse gas emissions have likely peaked in the energy sector. While the bad news about climate change is real and scary there is also good news. Come hear about the real world solutions.
DETERMINING BIOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF OIL SPILLS
Lauren McDaniel (Adjunct Professor of Biology at USF Saint Petersburg)
Production and transport of petroleum products is part of our energy hungry world and oil spills are one unfortunate consequence. The Deepwater Horizon Oil spill was unparalleled among environmental hydrocarbon releases, because of the tremendous volume of oil, use of dispersant, and depth at which this occurred. Six years afterwards, investigation continues into potential long-term effects of the spill. I will discuss some past and future research used to assess the potential for genetic damage within the ecosystem as a result of exposure to oil and dispersant.
|The 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference is now accepting submissions for scientific sessions.
The 2017 conference theme, “Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration,” encourages researchers to consider the application of their results to practical use. Looking across a broad range of disciplines, what have we learned about oil spills and their impacts that can reduce uncertainty, mitigate ecological, social and health impacts of a future spill, advance response strategies, and improve how we approach restoration? Using scientific research will be critical to informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events, and connecting this to decision makers in the response and restoration communities will be key.
The 2017 conference invites sessions focused on the following objectives:
The Deadline to submit a session proposal is June 24th, 2016. Please don't hesitate to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested.
Monday, February 6, 2017 7:00 AM - Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113, USA
Workshop: Ecosystem Impacts and Recovery from Petroleum Exploration and Extraction
This one-day workshop reviewed ongoing research efforts in the Gulf of Mexico related to ecosystem impacts and recovery from petroleum exploration and extraction. The main focus was to summarize the current research foci on impacts and ecosystem recovery from two large accidental oil releases (Deepwater Horizon in 2010 and IXTOC-I in 1979-1980), and the acquisition of environmental baselines prior to additional exploration and production in the Gulf. C-IMAGE would like to extend our warmest gratitude for Dr. Adolfo Gracia, Dr. Elva Escobar, and Dr. Manuel Grajales for their invitation, time, and efforts for this extremely informative and engaging workshop. We did not let a minor language barrier become an impediment in a spirited exchange of relevant science topics related to the petroleum exploration and extraction.
Here, we provide all of the documents, presentations, and posters that C-IMAGE presented. We welcome all participants to review them.
Poster Session Contributions:
C-IMAGE: The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems
El Centro para el modelado y análisis integrados de los ecosistemas del Golfo
Authors: Ben Prueitt, Sherryl Gilbert, Steven Murawski, David Hollander
Persistent Impacts to the Deep Soft-Bottom Benthos four years after the Deepwater Horizon Event
Impactos permanentes con los correspondientes profundo de fondos blandos Bentos cuatro años después de la Event Horizon en aguas profundas
Authors: Paul Montagna
Development of an Atlantis ecosystem model to study the impact of Ixtoc oil spill
Desarrollo de un modelo ecológico Atlantis para estudiar el impacto del derrame Ixtoc
Authors: Joel G. Ortega-Ortiz, Cameron Ainsworth
Comparison of the 2015 Abkatun (Mexico) and 2013 Hercules-265 (USA)
Blowout Events in the Southern and Northern Gulf Using Benthic
Foraminiferal Species Richness as an Environmental Proxy for Contamination
Authors: Bryan J. O’Malley, Patrick T. Schwing, David J. Hollander
Comparative records of planktonic foraminiferal mass accumulation rates following the 2010 DWH and 1979 Ixtoc blowout events: A microfossil indicator of marine oil snow sedimentation
Authors: Erika E. Fridrik, Patrick T. Schwing, Haley Ramirez, Bryan J. O’Malley, Rebekka A. Larson, Gregg R. Brooks, David J. Hollander
ICML UNAM: Dr. Elva Escobar-Briones, Dr. Adolfo Gracia
USF: Dr. Steven Murawski, Dr. David Hollander
SUIH UNAM: Dr. Manuel Grajales
ATTENDEES (Download attendee list here)
Invited C-IMAGE participants, other guests from UNAM Institutes and Seminario Universitario en Investigación de Hidrocarburos (SUIH) UNAM.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Unidad de Seminarios Dr. Ignacio Chávez
9:00-9:15 Welcome, Introductory Remarks, Goals of Meeting
9:15-9:35 Overview of GoMRI, Kevin Shaw, Program Coordinator
9:30-10:45 C-IMAGE Research: Northern and Southern GoM
Presentations from the USF Leaders (40 minutes)
Presentation from the Mexican Leaders (40 minutes)
10:45-11:15 Question and Answer session
11:15-12:00 Presentation from SUIH goals, mission and capabilities
1:00-1:30 Poster presentations (informal, coincident with lunch)
1:30-2:30 Environmental impacts of deep-water oil industry and spatial management issues, Presentations from USF results in progress
2:30-4:00 Merging issues and partnership to fill in data requirements in the GoM
4:00-5:00 Industry Considerations and Potential Event Scenarios Discussion
5:00-5:15 Coffee break
5:15-5:55 Conclusions, future actions and responsibilities, Group photo
Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was initiated in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them. It was to serve the multiple purpose of increased self esteem for young girls as well as give them some ideas of the wealth of careers in the world. Thirdly, it allowed them more one-on-one time with mom or dad.
It quickly took off and became extremely popular. Girls would go off to work with mom or dad, or even an aunt or uncle. They would spend the day seeing just what their sponsors job involved. It was limited only by the practicality of allowing a youthful, non-employee in a particular job environment. It works well in office environments, but proves impractical in many blue collar jobs, or where safety can be an issue.
It's popularity quickly sparked interest by the boys, who soon felt left out and were required to go to school for the day, while the girls "got the day off". As a result, the day has turned into "Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day" in many areas. While this takes away from the original intent to give more attention to adolescent girls, it has become a valuable and popular career day opportunity for girls and boys alike.
C-IMAGE researchers and students will host about 40 children from USF Employees on April 28th when we'll show them how WE spend our work days.
Mote Marine Laboratory is hosting a FREE Mote Science Café on Tuesday, April 12th, 6p at Johann Fust Community Library (1040 West 10th St., Boca Grande, FL). C-IMAGE scientist Dr. Andrea Tarnecki will be sharing her research with attendees of the event.
When: 19-20 September, 2016
Where: Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Six years after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, several questions about the more than 700 million liters of oil spilled into the ocean remain unanswered. Research groups from all around the world are working on investigations associated with oil spill behavior, the biological degradation and the impact on the environment.
After the first highly successful symposium in 2013, the C-IMAGE research group from the Hamburg University of Technology would like to invite you to the second Hamburg Symposiumon Deep-Sea Oil Spills in Hamburg. The one-day conference shall be a discussion platform to link the different research areas and to define points of contact between modeling and experimental research. The day is split into 3 sessions with specific topics. After each session a break offers the possibility for detailed discussions (hot lunch included). A welcome reception on Monday and get-together on Tuesday will offer further possibilities for interdisciplinary scientific exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.
March 1, 2016 Call for abstracts
July 15, 2016 Deadline for abstract submission
August 1, 2016 Notification of abstract acceptance
August 31, 2016 Registration deadline
We will hold our C-IMAGE All Hands Meeting in Tampa on Friday February 5th, 2016 at the Marriot Tampa Waterside (the same place as the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference). Specifics will be posted here as they become available.
If you are making travel arrangements, please allow them to accommodate a Friday evening dinner/reception to be held at Dr. Hollander's house in Gulfport (about a 35 minute drive). Transportation will be provided for you to and from the reception.
Click Here to register!