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Scenario-Building for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1018-1019
DOI: 10.1126/science.1195382

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In May 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) established a Strategic Sciences Working Group (SSWG) to assess how the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil spill may impact the ecology, economy, and people of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). It included scientists from diverse disciplines and federal, academic, and nongovernmental organizations. The SSWG was not to conduct a scientific investigation, but to provide rapid scientific assessment of potential consequences of the spill that could provide usable knowledge to decision-makers.