The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) aims to reach and bridge community organizations and leaders, policy makers, and scholars by seeking to improve the understanding of and responses to hydrocarbon release disasters. By linking academic and practice institutions in our management model and integrating basic science and applied research, we will create products that are collectively used and informed by each audience. CRGC uses an interdisciplinary approach to research and outreach activities to address a major policy issue in this region with implications for the rest of the United States:
The CRGC research and outreach is expected to result in:
- An improved knowledge base about the ways the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has affected communities in the Gulf of Mexico region and what factors enhance or diminish resilience after the spill or similar events.
- Evidence-based strategic planning and risk communication strategies for specific communities in areas relatively more exposed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Guidance for policy makers to identify specific actions that will mitigate future disaster impacts more effectively.
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