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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Principal Investigator (PI) Conference
Sponsored by the NSTC Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology
St. Petersburg, FL, October 5-6, 2010


Welcome to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill Principal Investigator’s Conference, hosted by the National Science and Technology Council’s Joint Sub-Committee on Ocean Science and Technology (NSTC JSOST).

This conference brought together scientific investigators from academia, private research institutes, and agencies actively conducting DWH oil spill related research, monitoring, and sampling, as well as representatives from the NSTC JSOST agencies.  This was an opportunity to foster new collaborations, compare initial results, interact with federal agencies, and discuss recommendations for longer term research activities.  The input gathered from researchers at the conference will be used to help the NSTC JSOST federal agencies identify information needs and plan short and long term research directions.

The conference was hosted by the University of South Florida, at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, on October 5-6, 2010.
The two-day meeting was organized around plenary talks followed by panel presentations and group discussion within thematic break-out groups (Agenda).  Poster sessions provided opportunity for participants to present and discuss their work and network with others working on similar projects. 

The plenaries and thematic break-out groups covered:

  • Oil and dispersants:  their extent and fate (e.g., air, surface water, water column, beaches, marshes);
  • Oil and dispersant impacts and mitigation: coastal environments (e.g., near shore, shallow reefs, beaches, marshes);
  • Oil and dispersant  impacts and mitigation:  offshore environments (e.g., deep ocean habitats, deep coral systems, seep communities);
  • Oil and dispersant impacts and mitigation: human health and socio-economical systems ( e.g., exposure, community vulnerability and resilience);
  • Oil and dispersant  impacts and mitigation: living marine resources (e.g., protected and harvested species, essential food chain);
  • Use of in situ and remote sensors, sampling and systems for assessing the extent, fate, impacts and mitigation of oil and dispersants.

Plenary sessions were recorded and will be available for viewing at this webpage soon.
Some presentations given in the workshop are already available (presentations). Others are being compiled and will be available soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Kelbaugh at