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GulfCast: Dispatches from the Gulf

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GulfCast: The “Dispatches from the Gulf” Podcast*********************************On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon disaster changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf of Mexico – as well as the scientists who responded to the crisis. These are some of their stories... intimate portraits of research – innovation – discovery.******************************************************************“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multimedia initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world's ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills. ******************************************************************The initiative consists of documentaries (narrated by Matt Damon), short videos, podcasts, and additional educational resources related to oceanographic scientists, researchers, and institutions.

Latest Episodes

GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

Recent polls show that more people than ever before do not trust science or believe scientists. Scientists Sean Powers, John Hildebrand, Kait Frasier, Margaret Leinen, and Tamay Özgökmen share their thoughts on the role science plays in society and their obligation to provide objective information about the impact of humans and how the world works. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 NOV 1
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GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

Since 2010, hundreds of scientists have been researching the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some are optimistic; some less so. But all agree that it is critical to continue to study and monitor the Gulf to understand the full impact in the decades to come. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

8 MIN2017 OCT 25
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GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

Marine snow is made up of particles of tiny algae, plants, feces, and pieces of dead animals. These particles get colonized by organisms and become the food web that is transported to the deep ocean. Biological oceanographer Uta Passow’s research focuses on how oil affects marine snow and how marine snow affects oil. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

6 MIN2017 OCT 18
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GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

Dr. Cynthia Smith (NMMF) is a marine mammal veterinarian. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and well-being of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego. Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies. NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 OCT 12
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GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

Bay Jimmy, Louisiana is one of many small bays in the Mississippi River Delta whose marshes were hit hard by Deepwater Horizon oil. Professor Sunshine Van Bael and her team at Tulane University collect samples from Bay Jimmy to determine how plants and bacteria work together to break down oil and clean up buried pockets in the marshes. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 OCT 4
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GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

The seas have calmed and the LASER crew is able to drop the drifters – about a 1,000 in total. Their GPS chips will relay location data back to servers in Miami for the next three months. The data the team collects will go a long way towards improving computer models of ocean currents and hopefully mitigate effects of future oil spills. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 SEP 27
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GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

GulfCast Ep. 44 - The LASER Cruise: Rough Weather

The Gulf of Mexico isn’t the stormiest place in the world, but 2016 was an El Nino year and several severe storms that created waves as high as 10 feet rocked the LASER crew. Each member reacted to the extreme conditions differently. Getting seasick together is quite a bonding experience. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

8 MIN2017 SEP 21
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GulfCast Ep. 44 - The LASER Cruise: Rough Weather

GulfCast Ep. 43 - The LASER Cruise: Drifters

When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, it was difficult to know where the oil might end up. The LASER team’s goal was to study how the oil spreads out via ocean currents, so they could create predictive models for future spills. Thousand of drifters would be required to execute the experiment, but existing drifters were extremely expensive due to the GPS component. Two years were spent designing specialized drifters into a low-cost, packable version that performs well in the open ocean and is biodegradable. NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 SEP 13
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GulfCast Ep. 43 - The LASER Cruise: Drifters

GulfCast Ep. 42 - The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

In January 2016, an international team of scientists assembled for a 31-day research mission to track ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico and then process the data in the months afterwards. Nicknamed the LASER Cruise, the scope of the project was enormous. So how do you manage such an incredible undertaking with so many facets? You get someone like oceanographer Eric D’Asaro to be your chief scientist. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 SEP 6
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GulfCast Ep. 42 - The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

GulfCast Ep. 41 - Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment

Dr. Kelly Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. She and her team are studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the animals – like clams and worms – that live in the sediments of Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands. These “muck-dwellers” are crucial to the ecosystem. They regenerate nutrients that create healthy sea grasses and marshes, while also serving as food for fish populations. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 AUG 30
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GulfCast Ep. 41 - Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment

Latest Episodes

GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

Recent polls show that more people than ever before do not trust science or believe scientists. Scientists Sean Powers, John Hildebrand, Kait Frasier, Margaret Leinen, and Tamay Özgökmen share their thoughts on the role science plays in society and their obligation to provide objective information about the impact of humans and how the world works. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 NOV 1
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

Since 2010, hundreds of scientists have been researching the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some are optimistic; some less so. But all agree that it is critical to continue to study and monitor the Gulf to understand the full impact in the decades to come. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

8 MIN2017 OCT 25
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GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

Marine snow is made up of particles of tiny algae, plants, feces, and pieces of dead animals. These particles get colonized by organisms and become the food web that is transported to the deep ocean. Biological oceanographer Uta Passow’s research focuses on how oil affects marine snow and how marine snow affects oil. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

6 MIN2017 OCT 18
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GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

Dr. Cynthia Smith (NMMF) is a marine mammal veterinarian. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and well-being of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego. Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies. NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 OCT 12
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

Bay Jimmy, Louisiana is one of many small bays in the Mississippi River Delta whose marshes were hit hard by Deepwater Horizon oil. Professor Sunshine Van Bael and her team at Tulane University collect samples from Bay Jimmy to determine how plants and bacteria work together to break down oil and clean up buried pockets in the marshes. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 OCT 4
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

The seas have calmed and the LASER crew is able to drop the drifters – about a 1,000 in total. Their GPS chips will relay location data back to servers in Miami for the next three months. The data the team collects will go a long way towards improving computer models of ocean currents and hopefully mitigate effects of future oil spills. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 SEP 27
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

GulfCast Ep. 44 - The LASER Cruise: Rough Weather

The Gulf of Mexico isn’t the stormiest place in the world, but 2016 was an El Nino year and several severe storms that created waves as high as 10 feet rocked the LASER crew. Each member reacted to the extreme conditions differently. Getting seasick together is quite a bonding experience. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

8 MIN2017 SEP 21
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 44 - The LASER Cruise: Rough Weather

GulfCast Ep. 43 - The LASER Cruise: Drifters

When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, it was difficult to know where the oil might end up. The LASER team’s goal was to study how the oil spreads out via ocean currents, so they could create predictive models for future spills. Thousand of drifters would be required to execute the experiment, but existing drifters were extremely expensive due to the GPS component. Two years were spent designing specialized drifters into a low-cost, packable version that performs well in the open ocean and is biodegradable. NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

7 MIN2017 SEP 13
Comments
GulfCast Ep. 43 - The LASER Cruise: Drifters

GulfCast Ep. 42 - The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

In January 2016, an international team of scientists assembled for a 31-day research mission to track ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico and then process the data in the months afterwards. Nicknamed the LASER Cruise, the scope of the project was enormous. So how do you manage such an incredible undertaking with so many facets? You get someone like oceanographer Eric D’Asaro to be your chief scientist. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 SEP 6
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GulfCast Ep. 42 - The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

GulfCast Ep. 41 - Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment

Dr. Kelly Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. She and her team are studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the animals – like clams and worms – that live in the sediments of Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands. These “muck-dwellers” are crucial to the ecosystem. They regenerate nutrients that create healthy sea grasses and marshes, while also serving as food for fish populations. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

5 MIN2017 AUG 30
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GulfCast Ep. 41 - Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment
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