Special Session: Lessons Learned from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Alaska Marine Science Symposium 19-Jan-2011
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill in the Gulf of
Mexico, scientists were asked to respond to track ship and personnel
assets, track the surface oil, tar balls and underwater oil plume in
four dimensions, measure rates of oxygen consumption by microbial
decomposition oil and methane, assess damage to coastlines, fish
stocks and fish larvae, and track effects on seabirds, sea turtles and
marine mammals. 

The science community responded with great alacrity, but varying
levels of preparedness. A number of 'lessons learned' in the DWH
response would be of great value in Alaska if a similar spill occurred
in the Chukchi or Beaufort Sea. The goal of this workshop is to review
these lessons learned so that Alaska scientists will be better
prepared for the future.
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