Regions, species and ecosystems

vulnerable to large-scale spill scenarios in the Gulf of Mexico


The Gulf of Mexico provides ecosystem services of great socio-economic value, which are fundamental for the development of the countries surrounding it. Given the increased activities of the offshore oil industry, the possibility of oil spills is a latent risk to the marine environment.

This literary collection presents the first global assessment of the regions, species, and ecosystems that could be affected by large-scale spills in the deep waters of the western Gulf of Mexico. The objective is to lay the scientific foundations and tools that can help to generate strategies for the prevention, attention and mitigation of oil incidents in Mexican territorial waters. The information is also of interest for the United States of America given that some of the analyses provided include their territorial waters.

This is the result of 6 years of work in the analysis and integration of the information generated between 2015 and 2020 by a multi and interdisciplinary research team from various institutions that collaborate with or are part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Consortium.

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Volumes of the collection

The collection consists of an Executive Summary (recommended to be read first) and three volumes. Download or read online by clicking the cover image.


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