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CERF's Response to BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Springer, the publisher of CERF's peer-reviewed journal Estuaries and Coasts, is providing free access ('Open Access') to the articles published on past oil spills affecting coastal environments, to increase the availability of information relevant to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Web Resources. To access these articles, click here

Quotes from CERF Scientists in the Field during the BP Oil Spill 2010

CERF Briefing during Capitol Hill Ocean Week


CERF Members and News Updates

(NEW) CERF Member Donald Boesch comments in "Beyond the Oil Spill, the Tragedy of an Ailing Gulf," New York Times (20 April 2011)

(NEW) Oil Spill Commisioners Touch Raw Nerves At Anniversary Event, New Orleans Local News (19 April 2011)

(NEW) CERF Member Jim Cowan comments in "Sick Fish Suggests Oil Spill Still Affecting Gulf," Tampay Bay Times (17 April 2011)

(NEW) A Year After BP Oil Spill, Fate Of Gulf Ecosystem Remains Murky, Washington Post (17 April 2011)

CERF Member Dr. Nancy Rabalais: Troubled Waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (14 April 2011)

"‘Spillionaires’ are the new rich after BP oil spill payouts," Washington Post (13 April 2011)

BP Spill's Net Major Phase: 

"Better Science Needed for Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico," Bjorndal, K. et al., Science Magazine (4 February 2011)

 "On Gulf Oil Spill's Effects, Doing Science With a Deadline," New York Times (2 February 2011)

 "Report Foresees Quick Gulf of Mexico Recovery," New York Times (1 February 2011)

Members Mandy Joye and Irving Mendelssohm comment in, "Oil Spill Symposium: Disaster Prompts Campus Event," University of Georgia independent newspaper (25 January 2011)

CERF Past Presidents D'Elia and Boesch Assess the Post-Spill Gulf of Mexico on Science Friday

BP Oil Spill Commission which includes CERF Member Donald Boesch, reports on "The Verdict on the Spill," and "Tougher Rules Urged for Offshore Drilling," New York Times (12 January 2011)

CERF Member Donald Boesch comments on "U.S. Unprepared For Oil Spill Illness Claims," nola.com (December 2010)

CERF Member Jim Cowan comments on "Peer-reviewed 'Oil Budget' Appeases Scientists," Nature News (25 November 2010)

"A Citizen's Guide to Our Oceans," Nature Conservancy Magazine (Winter 2010)

CERF Member Mandy Joye leads research to bottom of Gulf of Mexico, "Deep-Water Reveals Spilled Oil on Gulf Floor," NPR (30 November 2010)

William Stiles, executive director of Wetlands Watch, interviewed in New York Times article, "Front Line City in Virginia Takles Rise in Sea."

"EPA Tells States To Consider Rising Ocean Acidity," NPR (16 November 2010)

Investigator Finds No Evidence That BP Took Shortcuts to Save Money. "The lead investigator for the presidential panel delving into the BP oil spill said on Monday that he had found no evidence that anyone involved in drilling the doomed well had taken safety shortcuts to save money."  (8 November 2010)

Magnitude of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak, Science, Vol 330 (29 October 2010)

Chaos in the Gulf, Jean-Luc Thiffeault, Science, Vol 330 (22 October 2010)

Gulf Oil Spill: Government Chided for Poor Planning and Communication, Science, Vol 330 (15 October 2010)

"Sand Berms Partially Political," Advocate Staff Writer Amy Wold, 2theadvocate.com (11 July 2010)

Ray Mabus Report Obama Administration Moves Long Term Recovery Plan Forward (28 September 2010)

Gulf Oil Blog - UGA Department of Marine Sciences
Dr. Denise Reed: Gulf Waters Surprisingly Oil Free (8 September 2010)
"Nancy Rabalais on impact of Gulf oil spill on fish, shrimp, sea turtles" - Interview with EarthSky, A Clear Voice for Science (10 May 2010)
Public access to independent scientific research assessments of the Gulf - A letter to Senate on BP Gulf Research


Agency resources and responses:

Restore the Gulf: the official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners.

 NOAA Website Highlights Economic and Ecological Value of America's Coast (6/22) 

Initial Observations from the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson to Track Oil Below the Surface (6/21)

For volunteering and updates, see federal government’s Unified Command web site, Deepwater Horizon Response: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/


NOAA Baseline Sampling of Sediment, Shellfish and Water Sets State for
BP Oil Spill Damage Assessment
: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100524_musselwatch.html

National Ocean Service Response to Deepwater Horizon Spill. The stories on this page provide overviews of activities in which NOS is involved: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/deepwaterhorizon/nosposupport.html

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has begun the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process. ADCNR has also partnered with other agencies such as the MBNEP, Alabama Coastal Foundation and Mobile BayKeepers to organize pre-event marine debris cleanups along the Gulf front beaches and inshore rivers and bays.
How you or your partners can help:

Alabama Coastal Foundation, (251) 990-6002 or info@joinacf.org

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, (251) 431-6409 or mbnep@mobilenep.com

Mobile Bay Keeper, (251) 433-4229 or info@mobilebaykeeper.org

Governor’s Office of Faith –Based Initiatives, 1-888-421-1266 or http://governor.alabama.gov/oilspill/  


NOAA External Affairs is designed to provide you with the latest developments and a comprehensive news feature that will direct you to information that is most relevant to you and your professional community of practice.  Because of its importance as a national crisis affecting so many stakeholders, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the current feature on the site: http://www.externalaffairs.noaa.gov



Scientific articles:

SeaWeb, Marine Science Review - 371, Special Edition: Oil and oil spills: the Gulf of Mexico (May 2010)

References on Oil Spills - University of Texas at Austin Libraries 

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill References - Texas A&M University Libraries

 ‘The Perfect Spill: Averting the Next Deepwater Horizon’ by Robert Costanza, David Batker, John W. Day, Jr., Rusty Feagin, M. Luisa Martinez, and Joe Roman present alternative economic and regulatory policies that institutionalize new incentives to reduce the risk of disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill/leak.  Published 16 June, in Solutions, see http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/629

Ko, J., Day J.W., 2005. A review of ecology impacts of oil and gas development on coastal ecosystems in the Mississippi Delta. Ocean & Coastal Management; 47(11-12): 597-623.

Yoskowitz, D.W., 2006. The Productive Value of the Gulf of Mexico, in Proceedings of the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit. Tunnell, Jr. J.W. and Q.R. Dokken (eds.). Corpus Christi, Texas. 28-30 March. Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 44 pages.


Other resources:

(NEW) Ocean Oil, The Encyclopedia of Earth, The Online Clearinghouse for Education and Networking Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

Gulf Oil Spill Scientific Symposium Summary and Additional Information

Ecological Society of America Coast Data Registry in which anyone with information about ecological or environmental conditions along the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal ecosystems (LA, TX, MS, AL and FL) and other potential sites that might be affected in the future can upload metadata and help build a database documenting ecological states and conditions before the spill.

 Sea Web: Marine Experts Look at Long-term Impacts of Gulf Oil Spill

Informative Video: Oil Spill Impacts on Coastal Wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta
CERF member, LSU professor and wetland ecologist, Dr. Irving Mendelssohn, answers questions about possible oil spill effects on wetlands, mechanisms of damage to plants, and pros and cons of clean-up procedures.  For more information on wetlands: http://thewetlandfoundation.org

Society of Wetland Scientists, Scientific Brief on Oil Effects on Wetlands, a brief review of the most important scientific literature on effects of oil on wetlands.

NOAA, Natural Resources Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program

NOAA, Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office

Bob Howarth, CERF President 2007-2009: opinion on what previous spills can tell us about the current Gulf of Mexico leak


Download list of CERF members with relevant expertise who are volunteering their time, knowledge, and experience to assist in the CERF BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response and be a resource to the press.  Get Involved or Let CERF Help Your Efforts.