Opening Plenary: The Role of Science in Oil Spill Response and Management Decisions
February 7, 9:00AM - 12:30PM
Following the DWH event, there has been an unprecedented amount of oil spill research, with more discoveries yet to come. In the event of another spill, how might responders handle new science on the ground? How does oil spill research influence policy, planning, preparedness and response? What efforts are being made to bring academics into the oil spill world?
Keynote:Dave Westerholm will give an overview of the history and focus of oil spill research, address some of the ongoing initiatives and set the stage for how this information fits into the continuum of planning, preparedness, response and restoration. Then our expert panel will provide an in-depth discussion on issues such as how planning and response decisions are made by federal, state and industry responders with focus on the opportunities and challenges of using academic research.
Discussion Panel:Moderator: Dave Westerholm, NOAA
Panelists: Capt. Joe Loring, US Coast Guard Steve Buschang, Texas General Land OfficeJohn Caplis, BSEE Greg DeMarco, ExxonMobil Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards Scott Lundgren, NOAA
Speaker Bios are available here.
Closing Plenary Panel: Linking Science & Restoration: Now and in the Future February 9, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Because restoration occurs in – and perhaps in response to – a changing world, restoration projects also serve as real-world, real-time science experiments. Who is responsible for documenting the success of projects over time? Restoration practitioners from Gulf states provide insight into novel techniques and approaches to restoration, connecting restoration projects on a larger landscape and guarding against unintended consequences. Moderated by Monty Graham, Director of the School of Ocean Science & Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, this session will also discuss accountability for project success in a future ocean scenario.
Panelists:Amy Hunter, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesBecky Prado,
Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionRobin
Riechers, Texas Parks and Wildlife DepartmentJim Pahl,
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration AuthorityGeorge
Ramseur, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Session SummariesFebruary 9, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
The 2017 conference theme, Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration, explores the application of Gulf research to oil spill response and ecosystem restoration. Michael Celata, Gulf of Mexico Regional Director for BOEM, moderates as each session provides a “big picture” look at its presentations.
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