Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Funding Source: Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State University

Project Overview

Decision Making in Post-Catastrophe Uncertainty: An Examination of Impacts of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Local Businesses in Coastal Louisiana

Principal Investigator
Louisiana State University
Department of Finance
Member Institutions
Louisiana State University, Tulane University


General Summary. Our report presents findings of a GIS (spatial) analysis of the survey responses of business owners throughout southern Louisiana who were potentially affected by the 10 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It begins with a background of the survey data and the preparation of ancillary datasets, explains general spatial trends and patterns in the survey data, and answers 29 specific geographical questions about the survey data through GIS analyses, maps, graphs and tables. Explanations for the patterns are also offered. All GIS databases involved in the calculations are also available. Methods have been  developed to take into account spatial dependence of the data.

This research was made possible by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.