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Scientists Develop New Model For Deep-water Oil Spills

On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, a panel of researchers is offering a new model for understanding what happened in the disaster, how to think of such events in the future, and why existing tools were inadequate to fully predict what lay ahead. The May issue of the journal BioScience published the findings by the members of the University of California, Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Gulf Oil Spill Ecotox Working Group. "This synthesis sheds new light on the nature of spills and the potential, generally unappreciated, of subsurface ecological effects," said Henry Gholz, program director in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology, which, along with NSF's Divisions of Ocean Sciences, Earth Sciences and others funds Gulf oil spill research.

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