Scientific Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Spill

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In an article titled Responding to Future Oil Spills: Lessons Learned from Deepwater Horizon, the HSWire (Dec.3) mentioned an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The NAS issue includes a 10 page article titled Science in Support of the Deepwater Horizon Response.  A copy is available here: Deepwater Horizon Paper-Dec 2012

2 thoughts on “Scientific Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Spill

  1. Claire:-

    This gives me an opportunity to call attention to two excellent reports by David Butler and Ward Sayre of the University of Southern Mississippi – one following the path of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and the other the recovery from the oil spill. These are available on the SERRI website (

    Two (of several) highlights:
    • The agents of recovery from the two were different. This is in line with the idea that “disasters have direction” – they attack a specific part or parts of the community eco-system first, with cascading impacts that depend on the initial point of attack. Butler and Sayre’s work indicates that recovery is path-dependent as well.
    • In the study of recovery from the BP oil spill, they mapped several of the social networks involved in recovery. Perhaps most interesting was the map for government – very little interaction among different entities.

    Well worth reading by both practitioners and researchers.

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