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Archive folders hold news items > three months old. Gulf of Mexico science and education news (e.g., publications, discoveries, programs).

The Environmental Law Institute is offering a free webinar on International Deep Seabed Mining.

“This webinar will bring together some of the foremost experts on deep seabed mining to discuss this pressing issue. Of particular relevance are the International Seabed Authority’s Draft Framework for the Regulation of Exploitation Activities, released in draft form on March 13 an open for public comment until May 15. In light of these important legal developments and advances in scientific understanding, now is the time to pause to consider the special nature of the deep ocean and how to best manage it.”

Visit the webinar page for more details or you can register for the event here.

 

 

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The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is offering a free seminar series on the Deepwater Horizon spill. The series will kick off on the fifth anniversary of the spill, April 20 at 6PM at the Caylor Auditorium. The seminars “offers a retrospective exploration of the spill through presentations by research staff and discussions among speakers, education staff and attendees to answer pressing questions.” The series concludes with GOMURC board member and Interim Director of GCRL, Dr. Monty Graham's presentation Where do we go from here? Future directions in oil spill research on July 13. Visit here for more details.

 

The recording for Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, a webinar cohosted by GOMURC, the Environmental Law Institute, and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs, is available for viewing. If you were not able to attend the webinar but are interested in this exciting and important subject matter, you can view the webinar here. Written summary coming soon. 

 

 

Members from GOMURC’s Board of Directors published a paper in the Gulf of Mexico Science journal vol. 31 nos. 1/2, 2013. Economic Impact of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Goods and Services and Integration Into Restoration Decision-Making is available for download here. You can also view it on GOMURC’s website here.

 

 

Ever wonder what it looks like near the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico? Now you can find out. Live video is streaming from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s expedition on the Nautilus at http://www.nautiluslive.org/.  

 

In a new publication, Evidence of climate-driven ecosystem reorganization in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists reviewed over 100 indicators representing physical, biological, and economic aspects of the Gulf of Mexico and found that ecosystem-wide reorganization occurred.  They also analyzed these shifts and their alignment with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). They “provide an explanation for how the AMO may drive physical changes in the Gulf of Mexico, thus altering higher-level ecosystem dynamics. The hypotheses presented here should provide focus for further targeted studies, particularly in regard to whether and how management should adjust to different climate regimes or states of nature.”

 

The full report can be found here

The peer reviewed study  has found four distinct groupings of dolphin deaths within the Northern Gulf of Mexico Unusual Mortality Event (UME). Three of the groupings followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The scientists compared the number and demographics of dolphin deaths across the Gulf from January 2010–June 2013 to patterns from 1990–2009. They looked for distinct groupings of high numbers of dolphin deaths, both before and after the spill.

The Barataria Bay dolphin population was a focus of previous peer-reviewed study as part of the on-going Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). That study showed that live dolphins, which underwent physical examination, had adverse health impacts consistent with exposure to petroleum products.

The causes of the Northern Gulf UME are still under investigation. You can review the full study here.

This work was part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment and the Northern Gulf Unusual Mortality Investigation being conducted cooperatively by NOAA, other federal and state agencies, and BP.

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is offering a webinar on the Water Quality Portal (WQP) Wednesday, February 18th at 2:00PM ET. Pre-registration is required for this event.

This free webinar will go over the basic use of the WQP, which provides easy access to over 250 million discrete water quality sample results from over 2.1 million sites in a services-first, standards-driven environment. It will also feature a presentation by Jim Kreft of the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

You can pre-register for the webinar here. If you are unable to attend the webinar but would like to view it later, it will be posted, along with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s other archived webinars on their YouTube channel. 

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