The University of Central Florida (UCF) is currently the second largest university in the country and is a major research institution experienced at partnering with local, state, and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to solve environmental and water resources problems. Several UCF faculty members have experience, long-term data sets, and research capabilities directly relevant to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the forthcoming recovery and restoration efforts.
UCF is a member of the Florida Climate Institute and has one of the nation’s strongest concentrations of research strength in the coastal impacts of sea level rise. A partnership between civil and environmental engineers and biologists creates true interdisciplinary teams which can address the long-term effects of rising sea level.
Our faculty are conducting research on coastal dynamics of sea level rise and assessing the resultant impacts on coastal species. Biology faculty are assessing the health of coral reefs, estuaries and lagoons, mangroves, oyster beds, saltmarshes, sea grass beds, sea turtles, and marine mammals.
The University is also a member of both the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (Gulf Coast CESU) and Piedmont South Atlantic Coast CESU, a national network that provides research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers.
The following units at UCF are key participants in the Oil Spill Academic Task Force:
- Coastal Hydroscience Analysis, Modeling & Predictive Simulations Laboratory (CHAMPS Lab)
- Department of Biology
- Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering