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The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill showed scientists that they need to get better at landing funding for on-the-ground research sooner after environmental disasters, so they can better measure its impact, participants at a national scientific conference on the spill said Wednesday. Panelists at the conference, being held in Mobile, Ala., said they also need to create a better way for academic scientists, government agencies and oil and gas industry officials to work together. Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, discussed the Hercules well that blew out in July southwest of Grand Isle, and how time-sensitive data was quickly tracked and studied in part by deploying 21 GPS surface drifters that monitored oil movement and helped guide sampling efforts. “It was a great example that groups can rapidly respond and use what we’ve learned,” she said.
Water is running low in California.
An international effort is needed to restore an early-warning system for the vast warming of the Pacific Ocean that leads to extreme weather worldwide. Budget pressures are understandable, and difficult funding decisions are made every day at agencies such as NOAA. But there can be no doubt that the decision to cut the costs of array maintenance was a mistake. The question now is what to do about it. To discuss potential solutions, a group of researchers from around the world is meeting this week at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.