Experts to Share Latest Research on Oil Spill After Effects at Mobile Conference this Week


(via Business Wire)
corexit-dispersant-application-eThis week over 800 oil spill-related experts from academia, state & federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, converge in Mobile to share their latest scientific results at the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference.

With this being the fourth year of research following the Deepwater Horizon incident and associated investments focused on the Gulf of Mexico, the science community is now well-positioned to release new findings. The Conference will be held in Mobile, Alabama from January 26-29, 2014 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

The Conference will consist of 10 scientific sessions and approximately 550 abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The Conference topics to be covered during these sessions and presentations are:

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• Ecosystem Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

• Chemical & Biological Transport of Oil in the Gulf

• Data Management & Informatics

• Effect of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Fisheries

• Socio-Economic Analysis of Catastrophic Events

• Advances in Dispersant Technology

• Public Health and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

• Ecosystem Monitoring Strategies

• Education and Outreach

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the reported burial of weathered oil along Gulf beaches and in the marshes was well-documented. Are you interested in the chemical and biological decomposition of that oil? Specifically, how much is buried and how long it will persist? Then you should listen to a presentation titled Biodegradation of MC252 Crude Oil After Mobilization by Washover Events on a Coastal Headland Beach and others like it occurring at the Conference.


Schedule (from Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference)

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Half Day Sessions: Sunday, January 26, 1-5pm

Session 001. Education and Outreach: Setting the Record Straight: Debunking Myths and Misconceptions about Oil in the Gulf and Promoting Ocean Literacy

Session 002. Data Management and Informatics Supporting Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science

Full-Day Sessions: Monday January 27

Session 003. Impact of Gulf of Mexico Physical Processes on Chemical and Biological Transport

Session 004. Integrated Understanding of the Impacts of the DWH Oil Spill on Fisheries: Exposure Vectors, Biological-Physiological Effects and Abundance of Fisheries Populations

Session 006. Socio-Economic Analysis of Ecosystem Change: From Baselines to Catastrophic Events

Session 007. Coastal Ecosystem Couplings Three Years after the DWH Oil Spill

Full Day Sessions Tuesday January 28

Session 005. Fate and Transport of Oil Spill Residues and their Impacts on Nearshore Coastal Environments

Session 008. Advances in Dispersant Science and Technology: Molecular Mechanisms, Novel Dispersant Systems, and Environmental Impacts

Session 009. Public Health, Ecology and Society in the Context of Resilience: a Systems Approach to Assessing the Potential Impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill