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GulfCast: The “Dispatches from the Gulf” Podcast
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On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon disaster changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf of Mexico – as well as the scientists who responded to the crisis. These are some of their stories... intimate portraits of research – innovation – discovery.
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“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multimedia initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world's ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.
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The initiative consists of documentaries (narrated by Matt Damon), short videos, podcasts, and additional educational resources related to oceanographic scientists, researchers, and institutions.

GulfCast: Dispatches from the Gulf Journey to Planet Earth

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GulfCast: The “Dispatches from the Gulf” Podcast
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On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon disaster changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf of Mexico – as well as the scientists who responded to the crisis. These are some of their stories... intimate portraits of research – innovation – discovery.
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“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multimedia initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world's ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.
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The initiative consists of documentaries (narrated by Matt Damon), short videos, podcasts, and additional educational resources related to oceanographic scientists, researchers, and institutions.

    GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

    GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

    Recent polls show that more people than ever before do not trust science or believe scientists. Scientists Sean Powers, John Hildebrand, Kait Frasier, Margaret Leinen, and Tamay Özgökmen share their thoughts on the role science plays in society and their obligation to provide objective information about the impact of humans and how the world works. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 7 min
    GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

    GulfCast Ep. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

    Since 2010, hundreds of scientists have been researching the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some are optimistic; some less so. But all agree that it is critical to continue to study and monitor the Gulf to understand the full impact in the decades to come. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 8 min
    GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

    GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

    Marine snow is made up of particles of tiny algae, plants, feces, and pieces of dead animals. These particles get colonized by organisms and become the food web that is transported to the deep ocean. Biological oceanographer Uta Passow’s research focuses on how oil affects marine snow and how marine snow affects oil. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 6 min
    GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

    GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

    Dr. Cynthia Smith (NMMF) is a marine mammal veterinarian. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and well-being of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego.

    Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies.

    NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 7 min
    GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

    GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

    Bay Jimmy, Louisiana is one of many small bays in the Mississippi River Delta whose marshes were hit hard by Deepwater Horizon oil. Professor Sunshine Van Bael and her team at Tulane University collect samples from Bay Jimmy to determine how plants and bacteria work together to break down oil and clean up buried pockets in the marshes. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 5 min
    GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

    GulfCast Ep. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

    The seas have calmed and the LASER crew is able to drop the drifters – about a 1,000 in total. Their GPS chips will relay location data back to servers in Miami for the next three months. The data the team collects will go a long way towards improving computer models of ocean currents and hopefully mitigate effects of future oil spills. |||||||||||||||||||| NOTE: Science is continually evolving. To see the latest research updates on this topic, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) web site at gulfresearchinitiative.org.

    • 7 min

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Interesting look at science and the people behind it, six years on from our country's worst environmental disaster.