Response decisions during Deepwater Horizon relied on forecasts of where the oil was going and when it would get there. Researchers with the CARTHE consortium have been working to improve the information that goes into making ocean transport forecasts. The group recently completed the last of four field experiments that link the dynamics of deep ocean, shelf, Read More
The ACER objectives are: To assess how coastal ecosystem structure, as measured by multiple estimates of biodiversity, and functioning (its provision of valuable processes and services) have been affected by differential exposure to Deepwater Horizon oiling. To determine how the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems can buffer resistance and recovery from oiling. To determine the conditions of Read More
The Understanding How the Complex Topography of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Influences Water-column Mixing Processes and the Vertical and Horizontal Distribution of Oil and Gas after a Blowout project is lead by Kurt Polzin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. An integrated, multi-platform, observational field effort is proposed that makes direct observations of turbulent mixing in Read More
The Three-Dimensional Gulf Circulation and Biogeochemical Processes Unveiled by State-of-the-Art Profiling Float Technology and Data Assimilative Ocean Models project is lead by Lynn K. (Nick) Shay, University of Miami. The overarching goal of this proposed research is to build a rapid response capability that can be deployed in the event of an oil spill. The Read More
The Toxicological Properties of Specific Aromatic Hydrocarbons Isolated from Fresh and Aged Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill project is lead by Charles Miller, Tulane University. The scientific goal of this research is to elucidate the highly toxic compounds within fresh and weathered crude oil from the MC252 oil spill. The hypothesis of Read More
The Molecular Engineering of Food-Grade Dispersants as Highly Efficient and Safe Materials for the Treatment of Oil Spills project is lead by P.I. Srinivasa R. Raghavan, University of Maryland The goal is to engineer a new class of dispersants that combine environmental safety and high efficiency. By avoiding the synthetic components in current dispersants Read More
The Influence of river induced fronts on hydrocarbon transport project is lead by P.I. Villy Kourafalou, University of Miami. The overarching study objective is to understand, quantify and be able to predict the role of river plume induced fronts and circulation regimes in enhancing, modifying or altering the transport pathways of hydrocarbons, in the Read More
The Transport and fate of oil in the upper ocean: Studying and modeling multi-scale physical dispersion mechanisms and remediation strategies using Large Eddy Simulation project is lead by P.I. Charles Meneveau, Johns Hopkins University. In the aftermaths of deep water blowouts, oil plumes rise through and interact with various layers of the ocean and Read More
The Vertical upwelling and bottom-boundary layer dispersal at a natural seep site project is lead by P.I. Daniela Di Iorio, University of Georgia. The physical understanding of the vertical upwelling velocity and bottom boundary layer dispersal of a hydrocarbon seep in the Gulf of Mexico is extremely limited due to paucity of direct long-term Read More
The Deep-sea Risk Assessment and species sensitivity to WAF, CEWAF and Dispersant project is lead by P.I. Anthony Hayden Knap, Texas A&M University. Subsea injection of dispersants offers some significant benefits compared to the application of dispersants on the sea surface, for example access to the freshest and non-emulsified oil in the high turbulence environment, Read More
The A Combined Analytical and Synthetic Approach Based on Line Narrowing Spectroscopy for Specific Isomer Determination of Petroleum Oil Spills project is lead by P.I. Andres D. Campiglia, University of Central Florida. This proposal tackles a different aspect of PAHs analysis as it focuses on detection and characterization of higher-molecular weight PAHs (HMW-PAHs), i.e. PAHs with Read More
The Role of Microbial Motility for Degradation of Dispersed Oil project is lead by P.I. Jacinta C. Conrad, University of Houston. Microbial biodegradation processes are thought to have played a substantial role in the surprisingly swift disappearance of oil and gas released into the Gulf of Mexico after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon MC252 blowout. Read More
The Oil-Marine Snow-Mineral Aggregate Interactions and Sedimentation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill project is lead by P.I. Adrian Burd, University of Georgia. The goal of this project will be to use coagulation theory to develop a predictive, mechanistic model for how oil coagulates with particulate material in the marine environment. There is strong Read More
The podcast’s most recent episode features Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dana Wetzel and Kevan Main, who analyze how fish’s bodies recover after exposure to small oil doses in their food, water, or seafloor sediments. Wetzel, Main, and Matt Resley discuss how understanding the risks fish have during oil spills can assist oil spill response decisions. Read Read More
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce the release of the Screenscope film production company’s trailer for “Dispatches from the Gulf-2.” This second film continues the remarkable stories about the global scientific team studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The movie, narrated by Matt Damon, will air later this year as a Read More
Nova Southeastern University researcher Alexander Soloviev and his team generated a short clip in infrared imagery demonstrating how crude and weathered oil slicks respond to dispersant application. Read the CARTHE post here! Watch the video here!
The importance of bacteria for biodegradation of petroleum is well described for contaminated seawater and coastal soils, but very little is known about the role of symbiotic plant bacteria in degrading petroleum. Endophytes are bacteria and fungi that live as symbionts within plant roots, stems and leaves. These symbionts are closely associated with the plant Read More
The Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill project is lead by Tim Slack, Louisiana State University. This proposal outlines a research agenda to assess the public health impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with special emphasis Read More
Researchers from the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE, a GoMRI funded center) studied fish and seafloor sediments across the southern, western and northern Gulf of Mexico. Their goals were to understand the lasting impacts of oil spills and to develop baseline levels in Gulf waters. This aerial footage shows a Read More
The Avoiding Surprises: understanding the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the decision making behaviors of fishers and how this affects the assessment and management of commercially important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico using an agent-base project is lead by Steven Saul, Arizona State University. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disrupted Read More
The The State-of-the-Art Unraveling of the Biotic and Abiotic Chemical Evolution of Macondo Oil: 2010-2018 project is lead by Ryan P. Rodgers, Florida State University. Once released into the environment, petroleum undergoes physical processes that modify its native composition (water washing and evaporative losses) and chemical processes (largely oxidative, i.e. photo-oxidation and biodegradation) that we Read More
Concern about how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may continue to negatively affect wild bottlenose dolphins living in the spill’s footprint remains high. Researchers supporting the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) studied live and stranded dolphins in the heavily affected area of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay and reported that exposed dolphins exhibited increased lung disease, adrenal Read More
Frank works with the consortium’s crustacean team studying creatures such as crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and krill. She speaks about her research and shares why getting a job as an aspiring female scientist was very challenging.
In April 20, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico had its greatest mishap in record time with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, wherein an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil (peaking at more 60,000 barrels) per day were released into the Gulf for 87 days, for a total of 3.19 million barrels for the entire duration. The Read More
The Genomic Responses to the Deepwater Horizon event and development of high-throughput biological assays for oil spills project is lead by W. Kelley Thomas, University of New Hampshire. Within the GoM, the benthic environment is biologically hyper-diverse, performing critical ecosystem functions that have consequences for the ecology of the entire GoM region. Benthic communities are Read More
The Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability by P.I. Qianxin Lin, Louisiana State University The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill exposed the nation’s largest and most productive wetland estuarine environment, the Mississippi River Delta coastal wetland ecosystem, to an unprecedented potential Read More
It happened on April 20, 2010 – 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig exploded. Tragically – the blowout killed 11 – and changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf coast – as well as hundreds of scientists who responded to the crisis. To discover what happened – Read More
Professor Scott Socolofsky at Texas A&M University witnesses an unexpected visitor of the cetacean kind while conducting deep-sea research in the Gulf of Mexico. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive Read More
Tracie Sempier, Ph.D (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium) is a coastal storms outreach coordinator. She describes how after the Deepwater Horizon Event her work shifted from helping people prepare for and recover from natural disasters – like hurricanes – to helping people recover from man-made, technological disasters – like oil spills. The creators of award-winning environmental Read More
The Investigation of Oil Spill Transport in a Coupled Wind-Wave Current Environment Using Simulation and Laboratory Studies project is lead by P.I. William M. Drennan, University of Miami. This project aims at studying the transport of oil droplets in upper oceans subject to actions of Langmuir cells and breaking waves and the transport of oiled Read More
A team of researchers from the University of South Florida uses a multi-corer to obtain deep sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico. Back in the lab, they analyze the layers of sediment and build a history of the Gulf, with Deepwater Horizon being the latest chapter. Featuring oceanographers David Hollander, Isabel Romero, and Patrick Read More
The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials project is lead by P.I. Vijay John, Tulane University. Dispersants are typically solutions containing one or more surfactants dissolved in a solvent. They work by reducing the interfacial tension between oil and water, thereby reducing the work needed to Read More
The Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands and marshes are home to thousands of species of plants and animals – and its beaches help support a hundred billion-dollar tourist industry. It’s also a place whose waters provide 40% of the commercial seafood caught in the lower 48 States. After 87 days of oil spewing into the Read More
Coupling the “crime scene” forensic idea with the idiom of geology creates the following premise: “the present is the key to the past, but the past provides a window into the future.” Researchers are using chemical forensics to predict how the Deepwater Horizon Event will transpire over the decades to come. Featuring David Hollander (University Read More
Will Patterson at Dauphin Island Sea Lab studies reef fish communities and the dramatic effect the non-native lionfish are having on native fish populations. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific Read More
“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multi-media initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world’s ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a Read More
Fisherfolk share their feelings about working and living along the Gulf of Mexico. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific discoveries in health, ecosystems, innovation and recovery in the post-oil spill Read More
Markus Huettel gives an overview of the project at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference January 2016 The A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill project is lead by P.I. Markus Huettel, Florida State University. After coastal oil spills, Read More
Professor Nancy Rabalais (LUMCON) and her team focus their research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on coastal ecosystems – particularly the Louisiana wetlands and marshes. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational Read More
Louisiana waterman David Chauvin describes how the shrimping community in the Gulf is used to dealing with and recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes, but the man-made disaster that was Deepwater Horizon has left them unsure of how to move forward. The unknown duration and depth of the oil spill’s impact has instilled fear among Read More
Claudia Husseneder gives an overview of the project at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference January 2016 A Study of horse fly (Tabanidae) populations and their food web dynamics as indicators of the effects of environmental stress on coastal marsh health project is lead by P.I. Lane Foil, Louisiana State University Read More
The Weatherbird embarks on a two-week research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Its mission is to collect and analyze fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dave Hollander and Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida lead the team of oceanographers. The research is divided into two Read More
The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific discoveries in health, ecosystems, innovation and recovery in the post-oil spill Gulf of Mexico. Published on Jun 22, 2016 Six years after the Deepwater Read More
To the causal observer, it’s hard to believe that the Gulf of Mexico is still under stress six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The flotilla of boats surrounding the BP blowout site is gone – and oil exploration has resumed in the Gulf. Tourists have returned to pristine beaches. Commercial and recreational fishing Read More
Professor Will Patterson and Oceanographer Joe Tarnecki – both with Dauphin Island Sea Lab – use an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to measure the impact of oil and dispersants on reef habitats. They’ve been studying the northern Gulf of Mexico for the last decade, so they have an abundance of data from the pre-spill environment. Read More
Scientists used stereoscopic high-speed, high-resolution cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to make fine-scale imaging and chemistry measurements inside and around gas bubbles rising from two natural Gulf of Mexico seeps. They found that median bubble sizes were 3 – 4.5 millimeters and that a clathrate hydrate shell formed around bubbles at 1.3 meters Read More
Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Professor Mandy Joye made numerous dives to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Each trip was filled with wonderment and “holy cow” moments as she witnessed an underwater world teeming with amazing life. Since 2010, she has made 17 dives and the happy “holy cow” moments have been Read More
The video briefly describes how oil exposure can affect a fish’s heart, senses, and swimming ability and what that could mean for its survival. Visit RECOVER’s Social Media pages…. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science University of Miami Experimental Fish Hatchery University of Texas Marine Science Read More
How do they do that? Watch Squirt’s video to find out how and why certain ocean dwellers produce their own light – called bioluminescence. They use this ability of counterillumination to hide from predators. Want to know more?… Visit our Kids Blog Video Credits: DEEPEND Consortium
Communicating oil spill research is essential to improve society’s understanding about spills and their ability to respond to and mitigate them. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has been funding spill-related research since 2010. Here are ten outstanding education products and resources that GoMRI and its science community have developed to share what they Read More
The short clip tracks the paths of drifters released from the Mobile Bay area during the CONCORDE’s Spring Research Campaign. See below for video to learn more about the drifter deployment. This animation was created by Jeff Coogan who works with CONCORDE investigator Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Six Years After the Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History A New Film By Marilyn & Hal Weiner. Narrated By Matt Damon. April 20, 2016 @ 2 pm & 7 pm EDT Tune to our Live Stream channel to watch: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScreenscopeJ2PE/live _________________________________________________________________________________ Dispatches From The Gulf investigates the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Featuring Read More
The event initiated an unprecedented response effort and mobilized the largest, coordinated scientific research endeavor around an ocean-related event in history; the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The Screenscope film production company is developing “Dispatches from the Gulf” to help tell the story about the scientists involved and their research to improve society’s ability Read More
Amy Wallace, a PhD student at the University of South Florida working with the Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE), examines the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill impact on Fish Populations by examining fish allantois, odiliths (ear stones), and eye lenses. She recently published a paper “Stable Isotopes in Fish Eye Read More
What inspired these people to become scientists? Everyone has a different path. What led to your interest in science? Share you thoughts at: “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documentary also investigates the impact of the Read More
Cheng Li studies oil breakup using a wave tank. He is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. Part of his studies includes examining the fate of oil in oceanic flows and what wave breaking does to oil droplets with and without dispersants. Cheng designed the wave tank used at Johns Hopkins for DROPPS research. Read More
Meet Steve Murawski, researcher with C-IMAGE and the University of South Florida, uses longline fishing to sample fish communities and track their recovery post-Deepwater Horizon event. “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documentary also investigates the Read More
Two new installments in the series of short videos describing consortium research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are now available online. Watch the two videos shown below 1.) “Gone Fishing: Catching Red Drum for Science” to see how researchers catch red drum for breeding and 2.) “Fish Tattoos” to learn more about Read More
Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) scientist Andrew Esbaugh explains why the area surrounding Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, TX, is ideal to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The short video depicts a small crustacean called an amphipod, which uses large claws to not only eat its prey but also use their resources to build a gelatinous home around itself. You can watch the video and read a bit more about amphipods here. Deep sea amphipod!Here we have a video of a deep sea Read More
The Loop: Stories from the Gulf is Mind Open Media’s podcast focusing on the Gulf’s mud, microbes, and mammals post-Deepwater Horizon. Episodes 7 and 8, which focus on the Gulf’s big blowouts and C-IMAGE’s Ixtoc-I expedition respectively, can be heard here.
Jeff Chanton recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast podcast to talk about the ongoing Aliso Canyon methane gas leak and why methane is so destructive. You can listen to the full interview here under the heading “Climate Cast; Methane leak causes state of emergency in California.” Link to ECOGIG’s website for more information….
This short clip, “The Pressure’s On!”, by the Oceanscape Network uses a deep-water experiment involving SCUBA divers and chicken eggs to explain the mechanisms and potential danger of underwater pressure. Check out the clip below to learn more! Narrated by Marsh Myers…
WUSF’s Steve Newborn talks with two scientists who are involved in the study, Dana Wetzel of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and Ben Prueitt of the C-IMAGE research consortium. The study could have lasting impacts on our knowledge of how oil and dispersants used during the BP spill affects life in the Gulf of Mexico. Click on Read More
This video clip by Oceanscape Network depicts how water can affect the color of light and how deep sea animals use this for camouflage. Students created underwater creatures out of colored paper and determine which colors offer the best camouflage. Oceanscape Network Color and the Deep Blue Sea http://oceanscape.aquarium.org/ Credits: DEEPEND
This kid-friendly slideshow uses photos and helpful captions to explain the researchers’ routines aboard ship and how they operate various equipment to collect and analyze samples. For more videos like DEEPEND Slideshow Depicts Life Aboard a Research Vessel… Click Here…
A pod of dolphins (and a few sharks!) visited the R/V Endeavor during a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico – they spent several hours hanging around the ship. Some of the researchers on board put a GoPro camera in the water to capture these beautiful animals swimming near the ship. Video processing by Read More
A seminar series by Sea Grant in the Gulf of Mexico, Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our beaches, was held on August 5, 2015 in Pensacola, FL. Scientists shared their work to answer lingering questions about oil that washed up on Alabama and Florida beaches during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More than 85 participants Read More
Click here to watch the conference presentations about research that helps answer “what have we learned, what does it mean, and how can it be used?” (Photo Credit: Oceans/Carlos Suarez) This year’s event was especially significant as the Principal Investigators ofeight GoMRI consortia presented highlights during the opening plenary from their groups’ three-year research efforts. Read More
What could be better than having class on the beach and conducting actual research to boot? See how Shawn Walker, a marine science teacher at West Florida High School, transforms his students into scientists. A CPALMS perspective Video.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative congratulates the CARTHE research team for their first place award-winning video that teaches Drone Technology for Oil Spill Research. Over 37,000 middle school students across twenty-one countries selected the winning ocean science research videos after a two-month evaluation of the top entries that best explained scientific results and significance. Read More
Chris Reddy, an oil scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and research for DEEP-C, explains how crude oil is formed and how it behaves in the environment. A CPALMS perspective Video by Chris Reddy
Humans aren’t the only ones who get their fingerprints taken. Learn how this scientist is like a crime scene investigator using oil fingerprints to explain the origins of spilled oil. A CPALMS perspective Video by Chris Reddy.
Watch how these high school students work alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution experts conducting oil spill science. A CPALMS perspective Video by Catherine Carmichael.
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
The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) Consortium came together to investigate how biodiversity influences an ecosystem’s ability to resist and recover from disturbance, specifically the ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Over the next 3 years, ACER scientists will conduct field and large scale manipulative lab Read More
The Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) consortium is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to investigate the impacts of spilled oil and dispersants on the formation of an extracellular matrix called EPS (exopolymeric substances) formed by marine microbes that is thought to be instrumental in determining the fate of Read More
The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. The C-IMAGE consortium is currently in their second installment of funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) in response to the Deepwater Horizon Read More
BP put in place $500 million for research shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to understand the impacts from this incident and improve response to future events. But it would take much more than money to establish an independent research program that fulfills the highest scientific standards and meets the needs of various stakeholders. Read More
Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE) scientists explore water movements and organism distributions in the northern Gulf of Mexico to see how oil and dispersants from future oil spills might impact the biota. An important part of the scientific process—one as carefully planned as every experiment in a well-thought-out program—is how to share findings with the community who Read More
The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) came together in early 2012 to assess the chemical evolution, biological degradation, and environmental stresses of petroleum and dispersant within Gulf of Mexico coastal and shelf ecosystems. CWC research and education and outreach programs are funded for 3 years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The Gulf of Mexico Read More
This video shows a successful night launch of the Eagle Ray AUV from the RV Pelican at GC600, one of ECOGIGs main study sites. A GoPro camera was mounted on a 20’ aluminum pole and held over the side of the RV Pelican, resulting in some of the jitter in the video.
The Eagle Ray AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) is used by ECOGIG scientists to map the seafloor and get visuals so they can better target their sample collecting for study. NIUST (National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology) provides the submersible. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.
An underwater video from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor showing the multicorer triggering and collecting mud samples from the sea floor on Nov. 20, 2012. This was a shallow water deployment to test the multicorer trigger mechanism. Video credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute marine technician Leighton Rolley.
Middle School Student Anja Diercks learns about acoustic release operation to recover a Long Base Line (LBL) acoustic beacon after a successful AUV dive. These LBL beacons are necessary in aiding the Inertial Navigation System of the AUV while on survey on the ocean floor, sometimes at depths of 1600 m or more.
In July, 2013, the ECOGIG consortium coordinated two research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico. The chief scientists of those cruises, Joe Montoya and Erik Cordes, talk about the value of their coordinated work, with images of deepsea creatures and equipment shown. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.