Oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, as seen on Sept. 21, 2012. (NOAA photo) In September an oil sheen about four miles long had appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the Deep Water Horizon well site. The sheen was originally spotted on a satellite image from BP. That oil from the sheen matches . . . → Read More: Mystery Sheen Near Deep Water Horizon Site
This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
This is a guest post from Dr. Kristen Marhaver. Kristen is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California at Merced, who lives full-time and studies coral reefs on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. She is an occasional blogger, frequent photographer, and a 2012 TEDGlobal Fellow. After seeing her grim photos of the Curaçao oil . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Crude oil insults in the Caribbean
Another oil spill study hot off the presses! This new Silliman et al. PNAS paper is looking at the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on heavily-impacted salt marsh ecosystems around Barataria Bay, Louisiana. In contrast to our own badass study looking at oil impacts on sandy Gulf Coast beaches, marshlands provide a . . . → Read More: Gulf oil spill suffocated marsh grasses, enhanced erosion
Last week the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card (PDF). JOCI is a bipartisan, collaborative group “to encourage action and monitor progress toward meaningful ocean policy reform.” The group has an interesting origin beginning both with the Pew Oceans Commission and the United States Commission on Ocean Policy . . . → Read More: Can You Guess the Average Grade for the U.S. on Our Oceans?
If you haven’t read the Boston Globe Op-Ed, you must. Chris Reddy and Richard Camilli (oil spill research rockstars at Wood’s Hole) yesterday revealed information that made me feel physically ill: Late last week, we reluctantly handed over more than 3,000 confidential e-mails to BP, as part of a subpoena from the oil company demanding . . . → Read More: BP’s email subpoenas threaten to erode the scientific deliberative process
Last Friday was the 2 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The ramifications of the vast amount of oil and dispersant polluting the Gulf are still becoming clear, but the problem hasn’t gone away, nor is it likely to. The New Orleans Times-Picayune rounded up official statements from . . . → Read More: BP oil spill 2-year anniversary: link roundup
This is a time sensitive post. By the time some find it, there may be nothing showing, but right now at 1155hrs EDSL, there’s a great feed from the Little Hercules ROV at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, looking at some deep corals See more here . . . → Read More: Okeanos Explorer in the Gulf of Mexico
Image on left: Seafloor Production Tool (SPT) that will be operated at a depth of 1600 meters off the coast of Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals to extract copper and gold from high grade seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Image on Right: Computer generated Bucket-Wheel Excavator used to extract unobtanium from Pandora in James . . . → Read More: James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?