The incident involving the Deepwater Horizon underscores the needs to address critical aspects of deepwater developments. RPSEA held a forum at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) to identify the critical issues and priorities related to deepwater development. The forum focused on identifying and prioritizing research and technology development required in four main areas:
- Enhance Technologies to Minimize Incidents – What is needed to prevent incidents from occurring?
- Brainstorming Session on "What Else Can Go Wrong?" in Ultra-Deepwater?
- Identify, Develop and Improve Proactive and Reactive Response Procedures and Processes – What is needed to minimize the time to respond to an incident? What is needed to minimize the environmental impact?
- Develop Understanding of the Value of Ecosystem Services and Identify Locations of High Value in a Seasonally Dynamic Ecosystem – what is needed to understand the movement of marine life/wildlife that may be affected by an incident? What is needed to understand the impact on ecosystems? What is needed to understand the value of ecosystems at risk?