The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE)

The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. The C-IMAGE consortium is currently in their second installment of funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) in response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout of 2010.

Beginning in 2011, C-IMAGE I received funding from GoMRI to study the processes and effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. With help from domestic and international partners, we began studying the physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring when oil and dispersants are introduced to a marine ecosystem. Our consortium began connecting researchers across disciplines and academic institutions to create a holistic view of marine environments during and after oil spills. Through high-pressure experiments, calibrated modeling, and field research, C-IMAGE I has laid a foundation for future research throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Projects from C-IMAGE I included: ecosystem modeling based on biological, chemical, and physical data sets, marine resource assessments of ichthyoplankton, fish, and marine mammals, oil and dispersant toxicology, simulating high-pressure environments and their effects on fluids, and sediment analysis of oil-affected areas of the sea floor.

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Submissions from 2016

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Predator-prey diet linkages with error range for the Gulf of Mexico fitted using maximum likelihood method, Cameron H. Ainsworth

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Toxicity and Mutagenicity of the Gulf of Mexico Waters during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, July 2010 to August 2012, Jonelle Basso

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CTD and other environmental data for the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and west Florida shelf: June 2012 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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Discrete chlorophyll data for the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and west Florida shelf: June 2012 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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SIPPER plankton and marine snow abundance and distribution data for the northeastern Gulf of Mexico: June 2012 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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Zooplankton abundance and distribution data for the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and west Florida shelf: June 2012 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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Zooplankton Biomass on the West Florida Shelf, July 2010 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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Zooplankton dry weight biomass data for the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and west Florida shelf: June 2012 – August 2014, Kendra L. Daly

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Spatial distributions of fish and invertebrates in the Gulf of Mexico for 2010-01-01 estimated using a statistical model, Michael Drexler

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Satellite, glider data, and field measurements to study harmful algae on the West Florida Shelf during 2011 and 2012, Chuanmin Hu

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Dataset for: Simulating cell death in the termination of Karenia brevis blooms: Implications for predicting aerosol toxicity vectors to humans, Jason M. Lenes

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West Florida Shelf beach sediment PAH and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate concentrations, microtox luminescence and microscreen mutagenicity data, 2010 to 2013, Lauren D. McDaniel

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Lesion data from fish collected off Terrebonne Bay, LA to the Dry Tortugas, FL, 2011-2014, Steven Murawski

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PAH Analysis: Bile PAH metabolite concentrations in longline captured fish, Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2011, Steven Murawski

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PAH analysis: Muscle and liver PAH concentrations in longline captured fish, Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2011-2013, Steven Murawski

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PAH Analysis: Red Snapper Bile PAH Metabolite Concentrations, Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2012, Steven Murawski

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Golden Tilefish tissue and eye-lens stable isotopes and C:N ratios from the Gulf of Mexico, summer 2013, Jenny Fenton Ostroff

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Chemical analysis of sediment and fish species near the Hercules 265 blowout, Gulf of Mexico, 2013, Isabel Romero

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Hydrocarbons in deep-sea sediments following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico, Isabel Romero

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Benthic Foraminifera Abundance, Stable Isotopes, Desoto Canyon Sediments, 2010-2012, Patrick Schwing

Submissions from 2014

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Fish eye-lens stable isotopes from the eastern Gulf of Mexico, summer 2013, Amy A. Wallace and Ernst B. Peebles