Pensacola-Horizon-oil 3When an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it ignited one of the largest environmental disasters in modern history. Six years later, scientists are still working to fully determine, understand and mitigate the damage that was done.

This reality is not unique. During the past three decades, incidents involving pesticides, industrial chemicals, oil, pharmaceuticals, nutrients and metals have greatly affected environmental conditions and attracted worldwide attention. These events demonstrate a regional, national and international need to enhance research on the effects of toxic substances in the environment.

To help improve understanding of environmental contamination in water resources and design remediation strategies, FIU has launched the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment (CAChE) with a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. More information >>

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