Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fact SheetsLesson PlansStudent Activities Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) – Education and Outreach Program Scientistsnpublic

The Coastal Waters Consortium’s Education and Outreach program translates research investigating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on coastal ecosystems into understandable formats for all levels of society.  The program facilitates interactions of students, teachers, adults and other community members with CWC Scientists through the following initiatives and programs:  K-12 Education Teacher Education Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Smith Keeps Surface Currents and Disaster Response on His Radar Conor (left) and University of Miami marine specialist Mark Graham (right) prepare to deploy a CTD to measure salinity and temperature profiles near the Deepwater Horizon site. Data from these measurements provide insight into the movement of the ocean surface. (Photo credit: Nathan Laxague)

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many Gulf residents wanted to know where the oil was going and how fast it would get there. Conor Smith is improving the accuracy and turn-around time of satellite-derived surface current velocity estimates for better ocean transport information. Conor is working toward a method that accurately interprets these velocities Read More

Publication Highlights Study Finds High Pressure Inhibits Growth and Function of Oil-Degrading Microbes Oil-Degrading Microbes 1638

Scientists at the Hamburg University of Technology conducted high-pressure biodegradation experiments simulating conditions at theDeepwater Horizon site. They found that pressures lower than had previously been reported in literature impacted bacterial growth and degradation abilities. The growth of one bacterial strain decreased and then stopped at pressures lower than those at the spill site, however Read More

Video and Podcasts Don’t cry over spilled oil. Take action instead! Don

Learn how scientists are studying what happens to spilled oil and over time how it affects the environment. A CPALMS perspective video by Catherine Carmichael.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts

Watch how these high school students work alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution experts conducting oil spill science. A CPALMS perspective Video by Catherine Carmichael.

Student Activities Smithsonian Releases Interactive Tool on Oil Spill Science Smithsonian Releases Interactive Tool to teach Oil Spill Science

Visitors to the Smithsonian Ocean Portal now have the opportunity to learn more about oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon. By using the Smithsonian’s newly released interactive tool on oil spill science, they can learn about cleanup efforts, dispersants, where the oil went, seafood safety, and the impacts on the Gulf. The Portal team, in partnership Read More

Links Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences – MARE Marine Activities, Resources, and Education Ocean Sciences Curriculum Logo

Funded by NOAA, the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences are in-depth, kit-based curriculum units that deliver rich science content correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with an emphasis on the Practices of Science as called for in NGSS and the Framework for Science Education K–12, and significant overlap with the Common Core State Standards Read More

Publication Highlights Study Finds Sunlight Enhances Water Solubility of Oil Study_Sunlight_Oil_Water_1650

Scientists from the University of New Orleans and Florida State University conducted simulated sunlight exposure experiments to determine sunlight’s effects on oil fate. They found that solar energy generated chemical reactions in oil molecules that resulted in increased oxidation, changing the oil’s chemical structure and promoting the mixing of oil and water. Once oxidized, multiple Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch StoriesVideo and Podcasts Tracking Marine Mammal Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill LADC-GEMM

LADC-GEMM studies acoustic signals in spill vicinityDid whale and dolphin populations change after the oil spill? Prior monitoring indicated that large numbers of these deep-diving marine mammals were living near the Deepwater Horizon site. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded the LADC-GEMM consortium a grant to study endangered sperm whales, beaked whales, and Read More

Publication Highlights Study Finds Ecofriendly Clay Delivers and Improves Oil Spill Treating Agents Clay_Improves_dispersents_1654

Scientists assessed the use of clay particles in experiments to develop a new class of dispersant that is effective and less toxic than those used in the Deepwater Horizon response. They found that clay particles adhered to the interface where oil and water meet and acted as emulsifiers, combining the oil and water into droplets. Read More