Investigating the effect of oil spills
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Funding Source: Bridge Grants (RFP-III)

Project Overview

Collection of Water Column Samples in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone and Areas Near the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Site

Principal Investigator
University of Georgia
Department of Marine Sciences
Member Institutions
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Delaware, University of Georgia


In this project, we will collect water column samples from two cruises - the annual hypoxia cruise in the Texas-Louisiana shelf on board R/V Pelican and the oil spill site survey cruise on board R/V Cape Hatteras. These samples will be analyzed for dissolved oxygen, total alkalinity, dissolved inorganic carbon (both concentration and stable isotopes) and pH. The results of this research effort will be used to assess whether the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has sustained effect on the Gulf hypoxia and water column chemistry in above mentioned two areas, respectively.

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