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) was a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. The C-IMAGE consortium completed an unprecedented study of the Deepwater Horizon blowout of 2010 through funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The overarching objective of C-IMAGE was to advance understanding of marine blowouts as response agencies and production companies were underprepared to deal with the unique challenges of Deepwater Horizon. Data is made freely available to ensure society is better prepared to mitigate any future occurrences.

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.

C-IMAGE II focused on Six Tasks covering a range of research areas including deep-ocean environments, sediment deposition, and plankton and fish species toxicity.

C-IMAGE III focused on GoMRI Research Themes 2 and 3: chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems (Theme 2); and environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms; and the science of ecosystem recovery (Theme 3).

The University of South Florida served as the host institution for C-IMAGE under the direction of Principle Investigator Dr. Steven Murawski, Assistant Director Sherryl Gilbert and Chief Science Officer Dr. David Hollander. The data in this repository contains the work of USF researchers. To view data from across GRIIDC’s research groups, please visit GRIIDC’s dataset monitoring webpage.

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Submissions from 2019

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Dataset for: Ecotoxicological benthic impacts of experimental oil-contaminated marine snow deposition, Justine S. van Eenennaam, Melissa Rohal, Jagos R. Radovic, Thomas B. Oldenburg, Isabel Romero, Albertinka J. Murk, and Edwin M. Foekema

Submissions from 2018

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Evaluation of diet matrix uncertainty for the Atlantis model, Cameron Ainsworth

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Input, output and complete run files for the Atlantis ecosystem model Deepwater Horizon oil spill simulations, Cameron Ainsworth

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Sediment Texture and Composition of Sediment Cores Collected During R/V Weatherbird II Cruises in the Northern Gulf of Mexico from 2010-11-18 to 2016-09-09, Gregg R. Brooks and Rebekka A. Larson

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Short-lived Radioisotope Geochronology from Sediment Cores Collected During R/V Weatherbird II Cruises in the Northern Gulf of Mexico from 2010-11-18 to 2016-09-09, Gregg R. Brooks and Rebekka A. Larson

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Dispersant enhances hydrocarbon degradation and alters the structure of metabolically active microbial communities in shallow seawater from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, Lena Chu, Elisa Mercando, Roger C. Prince, Isabel C. Romero, and David Hollander

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Trace Metals and Minor Elements in Southern Gulf of Mexico Sediments following the Ixtoc Marine Oil Blow Out Event, 2015, David W. Hastings and Thomas Bartlett

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Core Extrusion Bulk Density/Pore Water, Northern Gulf of Mexico, November 2010 to September 2016, Rebekka A. Larson and Gregg R. Brooks

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Catch Data from Fish Collected throughout the Gulf of Mexico from 2011 until 2017, Steven A. Murawski

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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

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Short-lived radioisotope (excess Pb210) measurements from sediment cores collected throughout the Gulf of Mexico from 2010-11-07 to 2017-07-20, Patrick Schwing and David Hollander

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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

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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

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Wageningen aquaria/microcosm experiments, benthic foraminifera assemblage and stable isotope measurements, Patrick Schwing and David J. Hollander

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Dataset for: Tracking an Oil Tanker Collision and Spilled Oils in the East China Sea Using Multisensor Day and Night Satellite Imagery, Shaojie Sun