Education Resource OCEAN-OIL Explores Gulf of Mexico Disaster

Photos by CEC member Gary Braasch are among the rich resources available in this new online site for education and networking. Shared with CEC by Cutler Cleveland of the Encyclopedia of Earth.

Online resource on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster

It is now more than 7 months since the largest marine oil spill in history began in the Gulf of Mexico. Many questions remain regarding the causes, magnitude and consequences of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Larger questions remain regarding offshore drilling and the use of energy and society.

Boston University, Louisiana State University, and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) have created a resource that will allow you to explore these questions and others, as well as to contribute your own expertise.

The Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL) is an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic education resource about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. OCEAN-OIL is funded by the National Science Foundation.

OCEAN-OIL already contains:

  • 1,000+ hyper-linked encyclopedia style articles related to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, including offshore oil and gas, the ecological effects of oil spills, details of the event, oil spill response, and lessons from the disaster, and related topics
  • 400+ glossary of important terms related to oil spill causes, impacts, clean-up, and prevention
  • 75+ acronyms (LPG, PPM, ROV, VOC) to help decode the language of oil spill science
  • 80+ external resource links to federal government sites, image galleries, news sources, industry, environmental groups, education, and journal articles
  • Deepwater Horizon photo gallery: Images by renowned photojournalist Gary Braasch
  • Deepwater Horizon by the Numbers: Publication quality graphs
  • Reports of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The OCEAN-OIL website is seamlessly integrated into the Encyclopedia of Earth (, which is a free, peer-reviewed, searchable collection of content about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society, written by expert scholars and educators. EoE Editor-in-Chief Cutler Cleveland of Boston University who is an expert in energy and society, leads the development of the new online resource as a partnership among NCSE, Louisiana State University, Boston University.

We invite you to contribute your expertise to this important initiative. To contribute content or to be a reviewer, follow the procedures outlined here You can become a contributor by registering here.

For more information contact Mallory Nomack

Conference in January in Washington, D.C.

NCSE will be holding a special one day symposium on the Gulf of Mexico, what is necessary for ecological and economic recovery, as well as the broader issues of off shore oil drilling. Former EPA Administrator William Reilly and Senator Bob Graham, Co-chairs of National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling will keynote the symposium, which will kick off NCSE’s 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans, January 19-21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Registration opens in September. For more information >>

Go to top