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N.C. Experts On Gulf Oil Watch


Katie Mosher, 919/515-9069,

This news page was last updated on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, with the Addressing Media Assertions that Most Spilled Gulf Oil is "Gone" update that describes the prospects of spilled Gulf of Mexico oil making its way to North Carolina waters and two related PDFs from the Georgia Sea Grant Program.

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NORTH CAROLINA SEA GRANT remains in close contact with Sea Grant programs in the South Atlantic region and along the Gulf of Mexico, as scientists and agency officials watch the movement of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident.

"We stand ready to work with our partners, including state and federal agencies, if they may seek Sea Grant's research and outreach expertise," says Michael Voiland, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant.

Sea Grant funds UNCW beach study; data to help with future oil impact research (Link)

Summary of South Atlantic Sea Grant Programs' Summit on Oil Spill Physical Oceanography, held on June 09, 2010 (Link)

Oil Spill Oceanography Summit (PDF) technical report that describes potential scenarios of oil spill movement from the Gulf to the South Atlantic coast, added August 04, 2010

Summary of South Atlantic Sea Grant Programs' on Oil Spill Chemical Characteristics, held on June 29, 2010 (Link)

Probability of Spilled Gulf Oil Coming to North Carolina Waters Much Reduced, July 30, 2010 (Link)

Addressing Media Assertions that Most Spilled Gulf Oil is "Gone," August 18, 2010 (Link)

Outcome/Guidance from Georgia Sea Grant Program: Current Status of BP Oil Spill (PDF), added August 18, 2010

Georgia Sea Grant Oil Spill Update (PDF), added August 18, 2010

Researchers at many North Carolina universities are following daily updates on the movement of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon platform in April.

A sampling of experts identified by respective campus news services includes:

East Carolina University

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Duke University


North Carolina Department of
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The department, which oversees the State Emergency Response Team, has a new central website on the Gulf oil watch. The site includes an oil spill fact sheet in regards to the Deepwater Horizon spill: North Carolina Prepares for Effects from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR)
NCDENR and the Division of Marine Fisheries protect our ecological and fisheries resources.

State Sea Grant Programs
For online updates and information from other Sea Grant programs in the southern Atlantic states, visit: South Carolina Sea Grant, Georgia Sea Grant and Florida Sea Grant.


Regional Sea Grant website

Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf Sea Grant site is an online portal to provide information for property owners and fishermen along the Gulf shore, as well as for folks across the nation who want to do something to help. "The site provides visitors with access to a wealth of data concerning Deepwater Horizon," explains Roy Kron, communications director for Louisiana Sea Grant. "Content will be updated, and visitors should check back often for new and revised information."

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)
SECOORA is a working group of government and academic partners providing data, products and information on estuarine and marine systems, serving those who study and manage coastal environments in the southeastern states.

DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill Portal
Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (RUCOOL) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Portal consolidates data from a variety of surveying instruments to help response efforts:

Florida Shelf Edge Exploration (FLoSEE)
Three months after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, and before extensive oil impacts reach shelf-edge reefs in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) is conducting a rapid response, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional expedition to assess the impacts of the DWH oil spill on Florida's mesophotic and deepwater ecosystems.

NATIONAL ONLINE UPDATES AND INFORMATION LINKS: is the official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners.

The White House - Deepwater BP Oil Spill website

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

FGDC Geospatial Platform - Gulf Response Mapping
This is a new online Google Maps tool developed by NOAA, EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior that provides near-real time information about the response effort.

Unified Command's Joint Information Center
A workgroup of government agencies and the companies involved in the response

NOAA Models Long-Term Oil Threat to Gulf and East Coast Shoreline
A news release issued July 2 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

CLARIFICATION on the Current Threat to Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys from Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill
A news release issued July 3 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Second Federal Analysis Gives Further Clues about Location and Movement of Subsurface Oil July 23 news release
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) today (July 23, 2010) released its second peer-reviewed, analytical summary report about subsurface oil monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This website provides air, sediment, water and waste management data; questions and answers; news releases and more; as well as links to other federal government information pertaining to the BP oil spill.

North Carolina Sea Grant will update this page with additional information and resources as they become available.

This page was originally posted on May 21, 2010. Check back for continued updates.



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