The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) provides support to the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana and Texas) for an extension and outreach effort to increase the use of oil spill science by people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf. This oil spill science outreach program allows Sea Grant specialists to find out what types of information target audiences want and develop tailor-made products for those audiences.
Below, you will find a number of publications developed by Sea Grant outreach specialists that answer questions about the impacts of the oil spill and the research being done by scientists in the Gulf.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill renewed the world’s focus on the need for safe, effective methods to combat oil’s intrusion into the delicate marine ecosystem. This publication outlines an array of tools in development designed to aid in future oil spill clean-up efforts.
Think you know everything there is to know about oil? This publication details the ins and outs of petroleum – from where it comes from to what it’s made of to how scientists track it in the environment.
Wondering about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s human impacts? Learn how the 2010 spill affected mental health in both individuals and coastal communities.
Learn about what fish skin lesions are and why they caused concern after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Learn how the oil spill impacted Gulf fisheries on the individual, population, and community-level.
Learn why and how dispersants are used during oil spills and how they were used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Learn about the effectiveness and persistence of dispersants in the environment and whether it was necessary to use dispersants at the subsurface.
Learn how dispersants impact aquatic life in terms of life stage and species and how lab and field studies can provide a more complete picture of the implications of exposure to oil and dispersants.
Learn the answers to the top 5 most frequently asked questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Learn how oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was buried, how it moves around, and how scientists track this oil.
Learn about historical fisheries landings data within the context of man-made and natural disasters. Explore why this data is important for fisheries management.
Learn about the results of federal, state and independent seafood testing after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.