Program Update: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative – April 2012
The first Advisory Committee Workshop for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) was held on April 4-5 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Harte Research Institute on the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi campus. This day and a half workshop provided consortia data managers, GRIIDC staff and the GoMRI research board data management committee with the opportunity to discuss data management topics and potential collaborations. This workshop served as a forum among GoMRI data management groups for discussing data management issues and challenges and to facilitate information sharing on data management.
The GoMRI Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) held its first annual meeting on April 9-10 in Miami, Florida. This Consortium is being led by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and has 13 member organizations focused on Ocean Modeling of Hydrocarbon Transport, Transport Analysis, Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification.
GoMRI’s RFP-I projects have just completed their first quarter with over $9 million in funding and nearly 100 contributing organizations who are working together to share information and resources on topics such as ship time and reference oil. One of the GoMRI Consortia has already applied for a dispersants related patent and many of the consortia have publications and presentations submitted and underway.
GoMRI, along with federal partners, will hold a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference on January 21-23, 2013 in New Orleans. The conference is open to the research and stakeholder communities and is currently soliciting session proposals, which are due May 10, 2012. Registration will open in June. For more information on the themes of the conference, click here.
Check out the GoMRI Collaboration Forum to learn about opportunities to share resources, data, ship time and equipment!