Seminar delves into technology used to study marine oil spills

The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team just announced a new opportunity to learn about some of the specialized equipment scientists use when studying oil at sea. The team will host Technology used to study oil spills, Part 2, the follow up to 2016’s popular seminar Technology and Deepwater Horizon, on August 29. The event will be held at the Marine Education Center (MEC) at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Presenters will share an array of cutting-edge technologies during the talks. Tools that work under the water, on top of the water, in the air, and even in space will be at the event, with speakers from the University of Miami; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Southern Mississippi; the Environmental Protection Agency, and more. Equipment like drones and drifters won’t be the only stars of the show. The recently-opened MEC was built using the latest in green architectural techniques and features a citizen science lab and a permanent NOAA science-on-a-sphere installation, which that day will debut the beta-version of a Deepwater Horizon exhibit in development by the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team.

This workshop is free and open to the public, with lunch provided for registered attendees. The event will be livestreamed via webinar for those who cannot travel to Mississippi. To register to join the seminar in person or learn more about how to watch remotely, click here.

Featured image: A Saildrone records data off the coast of Alaska. (NOAA)