Oil Spill Response: Research Programs

Researchers at sea

UNCW Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP): UNCW researchers maintain an extensive archive of biological, chemical, and physical data collected in the coastal waters (Onslow and Long Bays) of southeast North Carolina.  Most of this information is available via the web and could provide valuable baseline data should the effects of the oil spill extend up the U.S. East Coast.  The research team includes fishery experts, ecologists, water quality experts, marine chemists, marine geologists and physical oceanographers.  Together the team has addressed interdisciplinary marine issues that span environments ranging from the Gulf Stream to the coastal habitat.

CarolinasRCOOS (Leonard/Dorton at UNCW, Fletcher/Porter/Voulgaris at USC, and Hanson USACE) collect and archive real-time oceanographic and meteorological information in the coastal waters along the NC and SC coasts. The team has extensive experience preparing and deploying oceanographic equipment ranging from moored buoys systems to gliders/ROVS as well as conducting oceanographic cruises designed to collect geological, chemical, biological and physical data sets. The RCOOS team also has extensive expertise in the area of data management and web portal development.

NOAA Cooperative Institute (Ocean Exploration) CIOERT/UNCW: CIOERT explores and studies the nation’s ocean frontiers using innovation and cutting edge technologies. CIOERT is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and headquartered at Harbor Branch at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Fla. UNCW is a co-managing partner with FAU.  CIOERT explorers and technologists address NOAA priorities within several priority themes including: Develop advanced underwater technologies; Explore and research the frontier regions of the eastern U.S. Continental Shelf and Slope; Understand and conserve vulnerable Deep and Shallow Coral Ecosystems.  CIOERT scientists and technologies were out in the spill days after the explosion, and will continue to track, assess impacts, and find ways to restore damaged ecosystems.

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