CARTHE Scientific Team Meets to Kick Off GoMRI-Sponsored Oil Spill Research in the Gulf of Mexico


MIAMI — April 12, 2012 — Researchers from around the country came together at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove, Fla. this week to kick off the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)-funded Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE).  The goal of the group is to develop computational tools to accurately predict the fate of hydrocarbons found in crude oil that were released into the environment during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and help to guide risk management and response efforts in mitigation and restoration of the economy and the ecosystem. CARTHE is comprised of 26 principal investigators (PIs) from 12 universities and research institutions distributed across four Gulf States and in four other states. The Director of CARTHE is UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor Tamay Özgökmen.

Sixty-five oceanographic modelers and observational scientists spent two days meeting in Miami.  The meeting was kicked off by Özgökmen, who was joined by Chuck Wilson, GoMRI Chief Science Officer, Kevin Shaw, the Program Manager for the project as well as management group from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.  The team shared presentations, participated in plenary sessions and met in breakout groups to discuss the many facets of CARTHE.

Partners in this activity include scientists from City University of New York — Staten Island, Florida International University, Florida State University, Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Research Laboratory, Nova Southeastern University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Tulane University, University of Arizona, University of Delaware and University of Texas at Austin. For more information about CARTHE, please visit

The GoMRI Research Board is an independent body established by BP to administer the company's 10-year, $500 million commitment to independent research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident ( Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications.

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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