National Academies and Sea Grant collaborative workshop series

Regional priority setting for health, social, and economic disruption from spills

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A series of regional workshops presented by the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI); and various Sea Grant partners will focus on three areas pertaining to oil spills: public health, social disruption, and economic impacts.

Topics

Overlapping oil spill impacts
A series of workshops in Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Virginia will address the overlapping impacts oil spills can have on nearby communities.

Partners

The Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. It funds grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development,   education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.
Administered by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is led by an independent and academic 20-member Research Board, which guides the research focus and the funding decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. GoMRI was established using funds that are not associated with any oil spill penalties.

The mission of Sea Grant is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment. There are 33 university-based Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal U.S. states and its territories. These programs are primarily supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the states in which the programs are located.

Project overview

Workshop locations*

  • Anchorage, Alaksa
  • Houma, Louisiana
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Santa Barbara, California
    *Locations tentative until officially announced.

In the news

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant to Conduct Workshops Around the Country on Improving Regional Oil Spill Preparedness