Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Resources

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Council for Science and the Environment and partners have created the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL), an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic education resource about the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  OCEAN-OIL offers hyper-linked encyclopedia-style articles related to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster; a glossary of terms related to oil spill causes, impacts, clean-up, and prevention; acronyms; image galleries; news sources; education; and much more.  The OCEAN-OIL website is integrated into the Encyclopedia of Earth as a subcategory under the Energy topic.  The collection is constantly being updated, and contributions are welcomed.

Dive and Discover in the Gulf of Mexico

Dive and Discover is going to the Gulf of Mexico and your students are invited to come along. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Haverford College, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will use the deep-sea submersibles Alvin and Sentry to explore the ocean floor for signs of impact on deep-ocean ecosystems by the recent oil spill.
The online adventure gives your students access to daily posts from Alvin’s support ship, R/V Atlantis, that report on the  excitement and challenge of research at sea, life aboard ship, and breaking news of what the scientists find each day.  Students can also delve deeper into topics related to life in the ocean and email questions to researchers on board.

Take your classroom to sea this semester—the adventure begins December 6, 2010.  Follow the expedition

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Presents Online Talk

Thanks to a generous grant from NOAA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium and National Aquarium in Baltimore established a partnership to advance the discussion of climate change and the ocean among aquariums and their visitors. Joined by nearly all of the aquariums in the United States, the Aquariums and Climate Coalition has been working to provide marine educators with ways to address this topic with the public.

On Friday, August 6, three of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition members — from the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the West Coast — will join program host Tom Bowman for a 90 minute candid, in-depth online conversation about communicating the link between climate change and the Gulf oil spill with visitors. You will hear about the challenges and opportunities they are wrestling with in their institutions and among their stakeholders. We hope you will join the program too and bring your own experiences and questions to share. Register for the event here.

To help prepare for the event, Tom has written a paper on the connection between the oil spill and climate change, which you can access here.

WHOI Community Forum on Gulf Oil Spill

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is holding a community forum to discuss the Gulf Oil spill and WHOI’s role in helping to understand it.  A five-member panel of scientists who have been working in the Gulf will be discussing their work and their findings, and taking questions from the audience.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 • 7pm – 8:30pm
Redfield Auditorium, Water Street, Woods Hole

Susan Avery, WHOI President and Director

Rob Munier, WHOI VP for Marine Facilities and Operations

Dr. Judy McDowell, Marine Biologist
Dr. Breck Owens, Physical Oceanographer
Dr. Chris Reddy, Marine Chemist
Dr. Rich Camilli, Chemical Engineer
Dr. James Kinsey, Mechanical Engineer
Followed by Q&A session

Space is limited.

Parking available in School St. parking lot.

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Oil Spill Webinar – Live Online Discussion

Sea Research Foundation has been working collaboratively with key institutions in the Gulf region to assist with oil spill efforts. On July 7, people around the world can get up-to-date information on the oil spill from Sea Research staff and ask them questions during a live web panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m.

Accessible through, the roundtable will include Public Conservation Programs Manager MaryEllen Mateleska; Stranding Coordinator Janelle Schuh; and Staff Veterinarian and Director of Animal Care Dr. Allison Tuttle. Vice President of Education Kelly Matis will serve as moderator. The group will provide an overview of the oil spill and Sea Research Foundation’s involvement both in Mystic and Louisiana, as well as show how oil affects various marine animals and coastal habitats. Viewers – which will include students at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country through Immersion Learning, Sea Research Foundation’s national education division – will have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the discussion.

Information on the Gulf Coast, the effect of oil on marine animals and how people can help protect oceans is available at At Immersion Learning’s Web site ( and Facebook page, kids can find up-to-the-minute news coverage on the oil spill.

Lecture: A Similar Event, Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill – New Bedford

John W. Farrington will return to Ocean Voice on Thursday, July 1, to present “A Similar Event:  The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise:  Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill”.  If you are curious and concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Farrington may have the answers.  If you would like to learn more than the evening news reports, come to the Ocean Explorium to hear John W. Farrington talk about his experience and scientific research concerned with oil pollution in the marine environment. Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.  Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed.  Currently Professor and Interim Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Farrington is also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he served as Associate Director for Education and Dean from 1990 to 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean from 2002 until 2005.  Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments and mingling in the Ocean Explorium.  Talk begins at 7 pm.  Ocean Voice admission:  $4/Adult, $3/Senior, Child.  The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance.  For more information, contact Betsy Pye at 508.994.5400 or or go to the Ocean Explorium website at

NOAA Oil Spill Website

On June 14th NOAA launched a new Federal website meant to answer oil spill response questions with clarity and transparency — a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The website incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill. Developed through a joint partnership between NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center, the site is a Web-based GIS platform designed specifically for response activities where it is necessary to coordinate with various federal, state and local agencies. The site will serve as the official Federal source for map-based data.