Petitt Jennifer L.

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Summary of findings and research recommendations from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

2021-06-03 , Wilson, Charles A. , Feldman, Michael G. , Carron, Michael J. , Dannreuther, Nilde Maggie , Farrington, John W. , Halanych, Kenneth M. , Petitt, Jennifer L. , Rullkötter, Jürgen , Sandifer, Paul , Shaw, J. Kevin , Shepherd, John G. , Westerholm, David G. , Yanoff, Callan J. , Zimmermann, Leigh A.

Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was established to improve society’s ability to understand, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of petroleum pollution and related stressors of the marine and coastal ecosystems. This article provides a high-level overview of the major outcomes of the scientific work undertaken by GoMRI. This i scientifically independent initiative, consisting of over 4,500 experts in academia, government, and industry, contributed to significant knowledge advances across the physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanographic research fields, as well as in related technology, socioeconomics, human health, and oil spill response measures. For each of these fields, this paper outlines key advances and discoveries made by GoMRI-funded scientists (along with a few surprises), synthesizing their efforts in order to highlight lessons learned, future research needs, remaining gaps, and suggestions for the next generation of scientists.