Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Funding Source: Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf Institute

Project Overview

Post Macondo Well Oil Spill Water Quality Sampling - Barataria, Lake Pontchartrain, and Coastal Waters. Part 2

Principal Investigator
Louisiana State University
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Member Institutions
Louisiana State University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)


We will collect monthly samples from the Barataria and Lake Pontchartrain estuaries and one offshore station, from January to June, 2011, (a) to make comparisons with the long-term data record (+10 years), (b) to assess if the Deepwater Horizon oil 'spill' significantly affected water quality, and (c) to address the health of the ecosystem(s).Our primary focus is on dissolved nutrients, phytoplankton, microbes, and oil; importantly, we also collect water samples for others as time and space allows - thus continuing our indirect participation with others.

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