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This site houses a collection of the wide variety of education and education-related materials being developed through funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.


  • Materials: Lesson Plans and Activities for the Classroom
  • Science: Research Stories and Article Highlights
  • Projects: Links to GoMRI-funded Projects with Education and Outreach Efforts
  • Links: Oil Spill and General Reference Links

Recent Additions to the Site:

Student Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program

Drifters are continually being deployed from ships around the world. They last for approximately 400 days unless they collide with land (like an island) in the ocean, or their batteries fail. Each drifter is assigned a WMO ID # (World Meteorological Organization Identification Number) so the data can be archived. In 2005 the goal to Read More

Student Activities Monitoring Marine Oil Pollution: Using SAR and optical data to detect and track surface oil Envisat MERIS Full Resolution Level 1B image from 29-4-2010. The oil is darker than surrounding water, with thicker oil in the centre of the slick appearing brighter than the thinner oil along the outside.

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is now commonly used for operational oil spill monitoring. During major spills SAR data from different satellites give an overview of the areas affected and provide information on the direction in which surface oil is drifting. SAR is also used to monitor illegal discharges from ship traffic or offshore operations. In Read More

Student Activities Oil, Oil Everywhere

A Hands-On Activity for Children Ages 4-14 The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion ultimately led to upwards of 5 million barrels (386 Olympic-size swimming pools) of oil saturating the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This event threatened 8 national parks and 400 species and heavily impacted the economic well being of Gulf States. Cleanup of the spill proved to Read More

Student Activities What Drives Ocean Currents?

A Hands-On Activity for Children Ages 10-14 An ocean current is literally the movement of water in the ocean. Oceanic currents are driven by tides, winds, and differences in water density. Density is defined as the number of things, in this instance, molecules, in a certain area. Water density is affected by the number of salt molecules Read More

Video and Podcasts Gary Finch Outdoors ECOGIG AUV Eagle Ray Submarine

Gary Finch Outdoors recently had a chance to visit Ole Miss, where the ECOGIG consortium is continuing it’s ongoing studies on the long term health of the Gulf of Mexico. This particular group is using a yellow submarine to study and map the sea floor.