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Coastal Marine Institute Announces 2013 BOEM Research Grant Awards

The CMI has announced the following research grants awarded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for 2013:

• “Mass Wasting Processes and Products of the Mississippi Delta Front: Data Synthesis and Observation.” Principal investigator is Samuel J. Bentley, Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology and director, LSU Coastal Studies Institute, LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics.  Co-principal investigators are Kehui Xu, assistant professor, LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, and Ioannis Georgiou, associate professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans.

• “Gulf SERPENT: Continuing and expanding a deepwater biological observing system in the northern Gulf of Mexico.” Principal investigator is Mark C. Benfield, professor, LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.

• “The Economic Benefits of an Improved Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).” Principal investigator is Richard F. Kazmierczak, Jr., professor of resource economics, LSU Department of Agricultural Economics. Co-principal investigators are J. Matthew Fannin, associate professor, Rex H. Caffey, professor, and Walter R. Keithly, Jr., associate professor, all with the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics.

Funding for the three projects totals approximately $1 million.

CMI at LSU operates under a cooperative agreement, initiated in 1992, between the State of Louisiana and Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, a branch of the Department of the Interior.  CMI coordinates university research in response to federal and state information needs regarding Outer Continental Shelf development of the oil and gas industry, including

• environmental aspects of technologies for extracting and transporting non-energy resources;
• environmental response to changing energy extraction and transport technologies;
• analyses and synthesis of existing data/information from previous studies;
• modeling of environmental, social, and economic processes and systems;
• new information about the structure/function of affected systems via application of descriptive and experimental means;
• projects that improve the application and distribution of multi-source information.

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