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 2017

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Ecopath with Ecosim model of the West Florida Shelf representing 1980 for harmful algal bloom simulations, Cameron Ainsworth and Alisha Gray

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Landsat based Sargassum coverage in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2010, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng

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Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) surface oil products for the Gulf of Mexico, April - July 2010, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng

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Remote Sensing Estimation of Surface Oil Volume During the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico: Scaling up AVIRIS Observation with MODIS Measurements, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng

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Sargassum detection using MODIS, AVIRIS, Landsat, and HICO imagery, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng

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Dataset for: Toxicity and Mutagenicity of the Gulf of Mexico Waters during and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, July 2010-August 2013, Lauren McDaniel

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Development of a marine compatible biological assay for mutagenic compounds, Lauren McDaniel

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Fish Exposure Studies: Associated water, sediment and food microbiology and mutagenic potential, Lauren McDaniel

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Species Specific Metabolic Capacity of Naphthalene and Phenanthrene in Three Species of Marine Teleosts Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Crude Oil, Erin Pulster

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Time series of northern Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon data, 2010-2013, Isabel C. Romero

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Justo Sierra Cruise Sample Data, southern Gulf of Mexico, 2015, Patrick Schwing

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Northern Gulf of Mexico Benthic and Planktic Foraminifera Taxonomy, 2011-2015, Patrick Schwing

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Northern Gulf of Mexico Pb-210 Inventories, 2010-2013, Patrick Schwing

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Weatherbird II Sediment Cruise Sample Data 2015, Patrick Schwing

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Cruises R/V Endeavor (EN505) and R/V Weatherbird II (WB1205) Gulf of Mexico Water Chemistry (Spring 2012), Patrick Schwing and Jeff Chanton

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Gulf of Mexico Benthic and Planktic Foraminifera Carbon Isotopes, 2015, Patrick Schwing and Jeff Chanton

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Weatherbird II Sediment Cruise Sample Data (2016), Patrick Schwing and Steven Murawski

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Deepwater Horizon incident oil slick morphology determined from United States Geological Survey oil volume product, May 17 2010, Shaojie Sun

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Ixtoc-I oil spill footprints derived from Coastal Zone Color Scanner and Landsat/MSS imagery, Shaojie Sun