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Closing the Knowledge Gap for Ultra Deep Blowouts: Foci of the C-IMAGE Research Consortium

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The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on examining the effects of oil spills on marine environments. Through its continued funding from GoMRI, our researchers have developed innovative methodologies and technologies to examine the near and far field nature of deep blowouts with their unique physicochemical properties. Laboratory studies at our high-pressure facilities have mimicked the release of gas saturated oil under deep sea initial conditions and provided data critical for oil transport models. The results from these far-field transport models are used to inform the extensive field effort to examine the short- and long-term impact of marine oil spills on the environment.
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Keywords: Deepwater Horizon; Ixtoc 1; marine oil spills; ultra-deep

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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