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Current Capacity

As a leading private research university on the Gulf coast, Tulane University is uniquely positioned to support industry, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities responding to the Horizon spill. Tulane faculty and staff have expertise relevant to environmental, health, legal and economic concerns. However, Tulane also has a proven capacity for leadership during and following catastrophic disasters of national significance. This capacity reflects a record of excellence in service, civic engagement, and scholarship that distinguishes Tulane from its peer institutions.

With preeminent records of leadership, service and scholarship, Tulane can strategically support ongoing response and recovery efforts related to the Horizon spill by providing assistance in three broadly defined areas:

  • Economic, legal & policy analysis of energy markets, finance & risk management
  • Development of traditional and alternative energy sources and remediation technologies
  • Business incubation, testing and commercialization of emerging technologies and services

  • Chemical, ecological and socio-cultural assessment of exposure, response and remediation
  • Economic, ecological and socio-cultural analysis of nationally significant commercial fisheries
  • Chemical and ecological analysis of water, dispersants and hydrocarbons
  • Real-time data compilation, mapping and reporting of disaster response and incidents

  • Assessment of occupational, physical and mental health impacts in coastal populations and responders
  • Physical and mental health assistance to impacted populations, including mobile multi-lingual facilities
  • Monitoring and assessment of seafood safety and seafood consumption policies
  • Capacity building and training for public health preparedness and disaster management

As a private institution, Tulane can offer assistance independently of regional, state, and federal governments. Tulane can therefore form strategic partnerships with academics, industry, governments, NGOs, and local communities to address specific or general concerns in a swift and timely manner. By serving as a critical nexus and hub for civic engagement, Tulane can also advance knowledge of ongoing events by linking targeted constituencies through conferences or interactive workshops. Similarly, faculty and staff can engage the general public through local and national media outlets.