Marine Restoration

The Deepwater Horizon platform spill occurred in the Macondo Lease Block 50 miles offshore from the Mississippi River delta. The oil reached from Texas to Florida’s Atlantic coast and from the deep sea to coastal marshes (Berenshtein et al., 2020). Restoration of coastal habitats is common at local, state and regional levels, and will likely Read More

Value of a Healthy Gulf

Economic Impact of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Goods and Services and Integration into Restoration Decision-making Shepard, AN, JF Valentine, CF D’elia, DW Yoskowitz, DE Dismukes. 2013. Economic impact of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem goods and services and integration into restoration decision-making. Gulf of Mexico Science. 2013(1–2): 10–27. Supplemental data tables Valuing Ecosystem Services Decision-makers need to Read More

Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM)

An Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) “provides a comprehensive framework for living resource decision making. In contrast to individual species or single issue management, EAM considers a wider range of relevant ecological, environmental, and human factors bearing on societal choices regarding resource use.” (NOAA, 2014) Implementing EAM via DWH Oil Spill Restoration Shepard, AN, N Read More

Restoration Science Workshop

Implementing Best Available Science in Restoration University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS, August 2013 Objectives: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DHOS) underscored the intrinsic link between the economy and the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of the spill, Gulf citizens continued to support focusing the Read More

Ecosystem Monitoring

In 2010 the Gulf of Mexico experienced the worst marine oil spill in US history. Ecosystem monitoring is a critical but poorly understood component of the environmental recovery effort. This GOMURC presentation introduces ecosystem monitoring and why it is important for Gulf recovery, and the role of the Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System’s Build-out Plan Read More

Climate Change

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010 devastated the Gulf Coast communities and is considered the worst spill in U.S. history. While some approaches exist on how to integrate climate change into restoration decision-making, many post-Deepwater Horizon restoration projects fail to adequately address climate change impacts. GOMURC collaborated with Scripps Oceanographic Institution Environmental Law Read More