Gulf Oil Spill Assessment

Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Ecosystem Services of the Gulf Coast.

The loss of ecosystem services from the Deep Ocean Horizon oil spill were assessed using risk-based geospatial modeling.  Using NOAA’s Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps and the Emergency Response Management Application (ERMA) oil impact maps an initial valuation of ecosystem services and the loss ecosystem service value were calculated.

This study was initiated as part of the 2010 REU program and the research is still in progress.

Marty Matlock, 479-575-2849,