The Gulf Oil Spill : Lamont-Doherty Experts Weigh In

June 9, 2010
The Different Appearances of Oil in June 7 NASA Satellite Image. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/Holli Riebeek

With so many questions still unanswered about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Lamont Doherty scientists have been providing perspective to the public and press on many aspects, from the spill’s magnitude and spread, to the technologies available to abate it, and its long-term policy implications.  Marine geophysicist Tim Crone was one of the first to openly question official estimates of the oil’s rate of flow (first on NPR, then in a New York Times op-ed)–and those estimates have since climbed accordingly. Then, writing for, deep-sea oceanographer Andreas Thurnherr helped introduce the grim idea that the oil could be spreading not just on the surface, but in difficult-to-track undersea plumes–a scenario now also confirmed. Proposals for halting the flow have gone all the way to planting a nuclear bomb on the seafloor–an idea discussed (and savaged) by oil geophysicist Roger N. Anderson, with public radio host Leonard Lopate.  As Earth Institute executive director Steve Cohen told a BBC reporter: “Probably [this] will go down in history as the worst environmental disaster that America has ever had.” Beyond the glare of media, many Earth Institute scientists now are starting up research projects to measure the spill and its effects, and they expect to be in the Gulf during coming months. Stay tuned.

Read the press advisory on LDEO oil spill experts.

Blog: Earth Institute Scientists Drill Into the Oil Spill


Below, some media featuring perspectives from Lamont Scientists

Gulf Spill’s Environmental Impacts, in Three Dimensions  Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2010

Feds May Have Low-Balled Oil-Spill Flow Rate  NBC Nightly News, June 10, 2010

BP Pins Hopes on Relief Wells to Stop Gulf Spill  Scientific American, June 9, 2010

Top 10 Unanswered Questions on the Oil Spill, June 9, 2010

Can There Be Global Oil Spill Accountability? BBC/PRI’s The World, June 7, 2010

Dangers of Deep-Sea Oil Drilling Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2010

What the Spill Will Kill Newsweek, June 6, 2010

Obama’s Crude Awakening (by Earth Institute director Jeffrey D. Sachs) New York Daily News, June 6, 2010

One Oil Spill Solution: a Nuclear Bomb WNYC, June 3, 2010

The Spill as a Breach of Our National Security Huffington Post, June 1, 2010

Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill New York Times, May 30, 2010

‘No Idea’ Where Deep Water Oil Is Drifting, May 28, 2010

Infrared Images Show Oil’s Vast Extent CBS Evening News, May 28, 2010

The Measure of a Disaster New York Times, May 21, 2010

Gushing Oil Far Exceeds Estimates KPCC, May 17, 2010

Spill Could Be Far Worse Than Believed NPR All Things Considered, May 14, 2010


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