The meeting was attended by more than 20 scientists and technical experts including representatives of the Energy Department, Coast Guard and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Representatives of Organizations like the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Oceanographic Institute at Harbor Branch, Florida Atlantic University etc were also present at the meeting.
The oil spill occurred after a platform owned by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico was struck by an explosion. Despite several attempts by the authorities it has been spreading in the gulf, threatening a vast area of the U.S. Gulf Coast including Florida, Cuba and Mexico.
Cameron, whose 1989 film, The Abyss was based on the story of oil-rig workers who discover eerie underwater creatures, is considered a specialist on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. He has also been credited for co-developing the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System used in his latest film, Avatar. He is described as part-scientist and part-artist. As of now, there has been no word on whether his involvement in the meeting has yielded any positive results.