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.
Submissions from 2018
Sedimentary age models, benthic foraminifera, mass accumulation rates, and volcanic grain data from R/V Justo Sierra cruise in the Southern Gulf and Ixtoc I from 2015-08-03 to 2015-08-06, Patrick Schwing
Benthic foraminiferal assemblages from sediment cores collected on multiple cruises in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010-11-18 to 2017-05-22, Patrick Schwing and David J. Hollander
Gulf-wide seafloor surface benthic foraminifera stable isotopes from sediment cores collected on multiple cruises from 2010-06-13 to 2017-07-19, Patrick Schwing and David J. Hollander
Wageningen aquaria/microcosm experiments, benthic foraminifera assemblage and stable isotope measurements, Patrick Schwing and David J. Hollander
Submissions from 2017
Ecopath with Ecosim model of the West Florida Shelf representing 1980 for harmful algal bloom simulations, Cameron Ainsworth and Alisha Gray
Landsat based Sargassum coverage in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2010, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng
Sargassum detection using MODIS, AVIRIS, Landsat, and HICO imagery, Chuanmin Hu and Lian Feng
Time series of northern Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon data, 2010-2013, Isabel C. Romero
Justo Sierra Cruise Sample Data, southern Gulf of Mexico, 2015, Patrick Schwing
Northern Gulf of Mexico Pb-210 Inventories, 2010-2013, Patrick Schwing
Weatherbird II Sediment Cruise Sample Data 2015, Patrick Schwing
Cruises R/V Endeavor (EN505) and R/V Weatherbird II (WB1205) Gulf of Mexico Water Chemistry (Spring 2012), Patrick Schwing and Jeff Chanton
Gulf of Mexico Benthic and Planktic Foraminifera Carbon Isotopes, 2015, Patrick Schwing and Jeff Chanton
Weatherbird II Sediment Cruise Sample Data (2016), Patrick Schwing and Steven Murawski