by Rob Jordan
What does the future have in store for the Gulf of Mexico just three years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history?
Gulf of Mexico Recovery to receive advice from Woods Researchers
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently appointed Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Chris Field (Biology) and Woods-affiliated geophysics Professor Mark Zoback to a federal advisory group tasked with designing programs focused on human health, environmental protection and oil system safety for the Gulf and U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
With 22 other experts in science, engineering and health, Field and Zoback will advise the $500 million NAS Gulf of Mexico Program, which is funded through settlements of federal criminal complaints against British Petroleum and Transocean Ltd. The advisory group is tasked with articulating the program's mission, goals and objectives, including preliminary thinking about metrics to measure its impacts and outlining how the program will operate. The program was established to fund and carry out studies, projects and activities in research and development, education and training, as well as environmental monitoring.
Zoback served on the committee that investigated the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which resulted in 11 deaths, 17 injuries and widespread ecological damage. Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and faculty director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. He serves as co-chair of Working Group II of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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