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Building Coastal Community Subject Matter Expert Capacity through an Innovative “Citizen Science” Program to Collect Quantitative Beach Dynamic and Tar Ball Data for Oil Spill Planning and Response in Coastal Regions with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

Implementing Organization

University of New Orleans


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Known Leveraged Funding


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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Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The project team intends to pair community groups and volunteers with experienced scientists so the community members can learn how to collect shoreline data. This data can be used to inform oil spill planning and response. In addition to developing citizen scientists who can help address a typical gap in oil spill data, the project team intends to produce a program template that other coastal communities could use to develop similar efforts.


Mark Kulp
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