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The Effect of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Human Well-Being in the Gulf of Mexico

Implementing Organization

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi


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Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants


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Environmental Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Researchers propose to develop a better understanding of how offshore oil and gas production affects the links between human well-being and offshore ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. By developing a model with data from before and after the 2010 oil spill, researchers intend to determine how the benefits that ecosystems provide to people have changed during this period. They also intend to test the resilience of offshore environments and assess their potential for recovery. This work will produce a model that could predict how oil and gas production may influence human well-being in other regions.


Paul Montagna
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