Journal articles related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

May 15, 2011, 7:38 pm
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Cause of the Disaster

Assessment of the Leak

  • Characterization of subsurface polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at the Deepwater Horizon site, Diercks, A-R et al, Geophysical Research Letters, October 21, 2010. DOI: 10.1029/2010GL045046
  • Magnitude of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak, Crone, T., et al, Science, (Published Online September 23, 2010) DOI: 10.1126/science.1195840
  • Magnitude and oxidation potential of hydrocarbon gases released from the BP oil well blowout, Joye, S.B, et al. Nature Geoscience (2011). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1067
  • Deepwater horizon oil spill, Walker, B. Jr., J Environ Health 2010, 73(4):49. PMID: 21133315
  • 2010 oil spill: trajectory projections based on ensemble drifter analyses, Chang Y-L, et al., Ocean Dynamics 2011: In Press. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-011-0397-4
  • Application of MODFLOW for Oil Reservoir Simulation During the Deepwater Horizon Crisis, Hsieh, P.A, Ground Water 2011 (in press). DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00813.x
  • Tracking Oil Slicks and Predicting their Trajectories Using Remote Sensors and Models: Case Studies of the Sea Princess and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spills, Klemas, V, Journal of Coastal Research 2010, 26(5):789-797. DOI: 10.2112/10a-00012.1
  • Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and spiral vortex, Zheng, Q.A, et al., Acta Oceanologica Sinica 2010, 29(4):1-2. DOI: 10.1007/s13131-010-0044-9

Oil Spill Response

  • Scenario-Building for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Machlis, G.E. and M.K. McNutt, Science 2010, 329 (5995):1018 – 1019 DOI: 10.1126/science.1195382
  • Airborne remote sensing for Deepwater Horizon oil spill emergency response, Imaging Spectrometry XV. Edited by Shen, Sylvia S.; Lewis, Paul E. Proc. SPIE 7812, pp. 78120E-78120E-13 (2010). DOI:10.1117/12.863258
  • BP's takes three-pronged attack to Deepwater Horizon leak, The New Scientist 2010, 206(2763):5. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61346-2
  • BP gears up for shot at a relief well, Knight, H. The New Scientist 2010, 206(2766):24. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61548-5
  • Relief Well Design and Operations, Grace, R.D, et al. Blowout and Well Control Handbook 2003, Ch. 7:317-341. DOI: 10.1016/B978-075067708-0/50008-6
  • Beware long-term damage when cleaning up oil spills, Aldhous, P. and J. Hecht. The New Scientist 2010, 206(2765):10. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61464-9
  • Gulf braced for the big clean-up, Williams, N. Current Biology 2010, 20(15):R613-R614. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.07.019
  • The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: What would Mother Nature do?, Mitsch, W.J. Ecological Engineering 2010, 36(12):1607-1610. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2010.08.009
  • Deepwater wellhead gets new top hat, The New Scientist 2010, 207(2769):5. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61702-2
  • Designing science in a crisis: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Anastas, P.T. et al., Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (24): 9250–9251. DOI: 10.1021/es103700x
  • Aerostat sampling of PCDD/PCDF emissions from the Gulf oil spill in situ burns, Aurell, J. and B.K. Gullett, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (24): 9431–9437. DOI: 10.1021/es103554y
  • Projections on acoustic techniques and strategies in the Deepwater Horizon response and beyond, Caruthers, J.W., et al, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2010, 128(4):2383-2383. DOI: 10.1121/1.3508476
  • Aerostat Sampling of PCDD/PCDF Emissions from the Gulf Oil Spill In Situ Burns, Aurell, J. and B.K. Gullett, Environmental Science & Technology 2010, 44(24):9431-9437. DOI: 10.1021/es103554y
  • An initial probabilistic hazard assessment of oil dispersants approved by the United States National Contingency Plan, Berninger, J.P., et al, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2011: In Press. DOI: 10.1002/etc.532
  • High Resolution Radar for Response and Recovery: Monitoring Containment Booms in Barataria Bay, Jones C.E., and B.A. Davis, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 2011, 77(2):102-105.
  • Airborne remote sensing for Deepwater Horizon oil spill emergency response, Kroutil, R.T., et al., Proceedings SPIE 2010, 7812(78120E). DOI: 10.1117/12.863258
  • Case study: Using microbe molecular biology for Gulf oil spill clean up, Jones, D.R., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 2011, 39(2):157-164. DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20471

Fate of the Oil

  • New constraints on methane fluxes and rates of anaerobic methane oxidation in a Gulf of Mexico brine pool via in situ mass spectrometry, Wankel, S. et al, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography (Published online, October 21, 2010) DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.05.009
  • A New Mixing Diagnostic and Gulf Oil Spill Movement, Mezic, I., et al, Science (Published Online September 2, 2010), DOI: 10.1126/science.1194607
  • Tracking Hydrocarbon Plume Transport and Biodegradation at Deepwater Horizon, Camilli, R. et al., Science (published online August 19, 2010), DOI: 10.1126/science.1195223
  • On the possible long-term fate of oil released in the Deepwater Horizon incident, estimated using ensembles of dye release simulations, Maltrud et al 2010 Environ. Res. Lett. 5 035301 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/035301
  • Biodegradability of dispersed crude oil at two different temperatures, Venosa, A. D., and E. L. Holder. Marine Pollution Bulletin 2007, 54 (5):545-553. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.12.013
  • Oil spill leads to fame and fury for makers of dispersant chemicals, Focus on Surfactants 2010, 2010(8):5. DOI: 10.1016/S1351-4210(10)70237-7
  • Fate of Dispersants Associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Kujawinski E.B, et al., Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45 (4): 1298–1306. DOI: 10.1021/es103838p
  • Analysis of Samples from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill by GCxGC-TOFMS, Leco Corp, Lc Gc Europe 2010:7-8. Link to PDF
  • Atmospheric emissions from the Deepwater Horizon spill constrain air-water partitioning, hydrocarbon fate, and leak rate, Ryerson, T.B., et al., Geophysical Research Letters (In Press). DOI: 10.1029/2011GL046726
  • Marine Oil Fate: Knowledge Gaps, Basic Research, and Development Needs; A Perspective Based on the Deepwater Horizon Spill, Thibodeaux, L.J., et al., Environmental Engineering Science 2011, 28(2):87-93. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2010.0276

Underwater Plume

  • A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico, Kessler, J., et al, Science, Published online 6 January 2011. DOI: 10.1126/science.1199697
  • Propane Respiration Jump-Starts Microbial Response to a Deep Oil Spill, Valentine, D. et al, Science, (Published Online September 16, 2010) DOI: 10.1126/science.1196830
  • Simulations of underwater plumes of dissolved oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Adcroft, A. et al, Geophysical Research Letters 2010, 37. DOI: 10.1029/2010gl044689

Ecological Impacts

  • Oil carbon entered the coastal planktonic food web during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Graham, W., et al, Environ. Res. Lett. 5 045301 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/4/045301
  • Deep-Sea Oil Plume Enriches Indigenous Oil-Degrading Bacteria, Hazen, T. et al., Science (published online August 24, 2010), DOI: 10.1126/science.1195979
  • Screening Level Assessment of Risks Due to Dioxin Emissions from Burning Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Spill, John Schaum, J., et al, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (24), pp 9383–9389 (Published Online November 12, 2010) DOI: 10.1021/es103559w
  • Methane flux to the atmosphere from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Yvon-Lewis, S.A., et al, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L01602, DOI:10.1029/2010GL045928
  • Oil spills and fish health: exposing the heart of the matter, Incardonaa, J.P, et al. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2011, 21(1):3-4. DOI: 10.1038/jes.2010.51
  • The Threats from Oil Spills: Now, Then, and in the Future, Jernelöv, A. AMBIO 2010, 39(5-6):353-366. DOI:10.1007/s13280-010-0085-5
  • Petroleum pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, Botello, AV., et al. Rev Environ Contam Toxicol. 1997, 153:91-118. PMID: 9380894
  • Oil spill ramifications pour in, Martin, C. Current Biology 2010, 20(10):R419-R420. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.05.005
  • Deepwater Horizon dispersants lingered in the deep: Chemicals' toxicity to deep-water ecosystems remains an open question, Mascarelli, A. Nature. Published online 27 January 2011. DOI: 10.1038/news.2011.54
  • Analysis of eight oil spill dispersants using rapid, in vitro tests for endocrine and other biological activity, Judson, R.S. et al., Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (15): 5979–5985. DOI: 10.1021/es102150z
  • Organic Aerosol Formation Downwind from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, de Gouw, J.A., et al., Science 2011, 331(6022):1295-1299. DOI: 10.1126/science.1200320
  • Effects of COREXIT EC9500A on bacteria from a beach oiled by the Deepwater Horizon spill, Hamdan, L. and P. Fulmer,  Aquatic Microbial Ecology 2011, 63(2):101-109. DOI: 10.3354/ame01482
  • Offshore oceanic impacts from the BP oil spill, Joye S. and I. MacDonald, Nature Geoscience 2010, 3(7):446-446. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo902
  • Effects of Pollution on Marine Organisms, Mearns, A.J., et al., Water Environment Research 2010, 82(10):2001-2046. DOI: 10.2175/106143010x12756668802175
  • Isolation on the West Florida Shelf with implications for red tides and pollutant dispersal in the Gulf of Mexico, Olascoaga, M.J., Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics 2010, 17(6):685-696. DOI: 10.5194/npg-17-685-2010
  • Passive acoustic monitoring to assess marine mammal population trends in vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Sidorovskaia, N., et al., The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2010, 128(4):2384. DOI: 10.1121/1.3508482
  • Underestimating the damage: interpreting cetacean carcass recoveries in the context of the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident, Williams, R., et al., Conservation Letters: In Press. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00168.x
  • Promoting Ecological Sustainability and Community Resilience in the US Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Levy, J.K. and C. Gopalakrishnan, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 2010, 2(3):297 - 315. DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2010.500462

Societal and Human Health Impacts

  • Environmental Health Insights into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Blowout, Kelley, T.R. Environ Health Insights 2010, 4:61-63. PMCID: PMC2934613
  • Gulf oil spill poses unique health challenges, The New Scientist 2010, 207(2767):4. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61584-9
  • The Early Psychological Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Florida and Alabama Communities, Grattan, L.M, et al., Environ Health Perspect 2011. DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1002915
  • Screening level assessment of risks due to dioxin emissions from burning oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico spill, Schaum, J. et al., Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (24): 9383–9389. DOI: 10.1021/es103559w
  • The legacy of the Gulf oil spill: analyzing acute public health effects and predicting chronic ones in Louisiana, Diaz, J.H., American Journal of Disaster Medicine 2011, 6(1):5-22. DOI: 10.5055/ajdm.2011.0040
  • The Gulf Oil Spill, Goldstein, B.D. and H.J. Osofsky, New England Journal of Medicine 2011, 364(14):1334-1348. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1007197
  • Environments and Health: Will the BP Oil Spill Affect Our Health? McCauley, L.A., American Journal of Nursing 2010, 110(9):54-56. DOI: 10.1097/01.naj.0000388266.51213.42
  • How Can Government Protect Mental Health Amid a Disaster? Melton, G.B. and N. Sianko, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2010, 80(4):536-545. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01057.x
  • The Deepwater Horizon Rig Disaster: Issues of Personal Injury and Death, deGravelles, J.W. and J.N. deGravelles, Tulane Law Review 2011, 85(4).
  • Promoting Ecological Sustainability and Community Resilience in the US Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Levy, J.K. and C. Gopalakrishnan, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 2010, 2(3):297 - 315. DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2010.500462

Financial Impacts

  • BP initial image repair strategies after the Deepwater Horizon spill, Harlow, W.F., et al. Public Relations Review 2011, 37(1):80-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2010.11.005
  • The BP Deepwater Horizon debacle and corporate brand exuberance, Balmer, J.M.T., Journal of Brand Management 2010, 18(2):97-104. DOI: 10.1057/bm.2010.33
  • Deepwater Horizon: The Legal Fallout--The Framework for Liability, Fines, and Penalties for Oil Pollution, Foley, V.J., Environmental Claims Journal 2010, 22(4):280-286. DOI: 10.1080/10406026.2010.521480
  • Privacy and secrecy: Public reserve and the handling of the BP Gulf oil disaster, Edelstein, M.R., Government Secrecy. Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2011, p. 23-51. DOI: 10.1108/S0196-1152(2011)0000019006
  • Deepwater Horizon: Removal Costs, Civil Damages, Crimes, Civil Penalties, and State Remedies in Oil Spill Cases, Force, R., et al., Tulane Law Review 2011, 85(4).

Deepwater Drilling

  • Under pressure, in the dark and all at sea, McKenna, P. The New Scientist 2010, 206(2760):20-21. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61190-6
  • Deep drilling moves ahead, Williams, N. Current Biology 2011, 21(3):R93-R94. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.01.020
  • Regional geodynamic monitoring system for ensuring safety in geological and exploratory production of oil and gas, Vartanyan, G.S., Izvestiya Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics 2010, 46(8):952-964. DOI: 10.1134/s0001433810080049

Lessons Learned

  • The lesson of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, The New Scientist 2010, 206(2760):3. DOI: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61160-8
  • Gulf oil spill. Will Deepwater Horizon set a new standard for catastrophe? Kerr, R., E. Kintisch, and E. Stokstad, Science 2010, 328 (5979): 674-675. DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.674
  • Integrating social and political risk into ROI calculations, Bekefi, T. and M.J. Epstein, Environmental Quality Management 2011, 20(3):11-23. DOI: 10.1002/tqem.20286
  • Beyond Profit: Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility and Greenwashing After the BP Oil Disaster, Cherry, M.A. and J.F. Sneirson, Tulane Law Review 2010, 85(4). Link to PDF
  • Maintaining the World’s Architecture, de Courcelles, D., Philosophy and Rhetoric 2011, 44(1):72-78. DOI: 10.1353/par.2011.0005
  • Promoting Ecological Sustainability and Community Resilience in the US Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Levy, J.K. and C. Gopalakrishnan, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 2010, 2(3):297 - 315. DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2010.500462
  • Learning from Disasters: Twenty-One Years after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Will Reactions to the Deepwater Horizon Blowout Finally Address the Systemic Flaws Revealed in Alaska? Plater Z.J., Environmental Law Reporter 2010, 40. Link to PDF


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