GoMRI Research Consortia
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board is an independent body established by BP to administer a 10-year, $500 million commitment to independent research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GoMRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications. The GoMRI also funds research that improves techniques for detecting oil and gas, spill mitigation, and technologies to characterize and remediate spills. Knowledge accrued will be applied to restoration and to improving the long-term environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico.
In August 2011, the GoMRI Research Board announced the eight Research Consortia below were be funded for three years. These teams are investigating the fate of petroleum in the environment, the impacts of the spill, and the development of new tools and technology for responding to future spills and improving mitigation and restoration.
C-MEDS: Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems http://dispersant.tulane.edu/
CARTHE: Consortium for Advanced Research of Hydrocarbon Transport in the Environment http://www.carthe.org/
CIMAGE: Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem http://cimage.rc.usf.edu/
COSS: The Impact of Biological, Physical and Chemical Processes on the Fate of Oil Spills – bridging small scale processes with meso-scale modeling
CWC: Coastal Waters Consortium http://cwc.lumcon.edu/
Deep-C: Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico http://www.deep-c.org/
DROPPS: Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies
ECOGIG: Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf http://www.ecogig.org/
EMOSCE: The Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems
GISR: Gulf of Mexico Integrated Spill Response Consortium http://gisr.tamu.edu/