Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sediments and Benthic Communities on the West Florida Shelf and Slope


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Florida

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI Year One Block Grant

Project Location: Multiple States1

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2010

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Benthic Zone / Sea Floor

Project Description

We propose to assess the impact of Deepwater Horizon oil and dispersants on sediments and benthic communities on the West Florida Shelf and Slope. In particular, assessing sub-surface oil and dispersants will gauge the effects on benthic habitat critical to nearby fisheries and marine protected areas. We propose to use a new Ocean Instruments MC-800 multicore system to sample sediments in three depth transects that intersect suspected layers of subsurface oil at approximately 400 m and 1400 m water depth.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Eckerd College, Florida International University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology


Project ID: 240
Project Name: Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sediments and Benthic Communities on the West Florida Shelf and Slope
SourceUID: 31
Latitude: 28.06118701
Longitude: -82.41485019
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, GA
County:
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: University of South Florida
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Benjamin P. Flower
Point of Contact – Phone: None
Point of Contact – Email: 727-553-3986
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida International University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=31
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 284654
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 284654
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2010
Award Month: 8
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB


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