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A Comprehensive Petrochemical Vulnerability Index for Improved Decision-Making and Marine Biodiversity Risk Assessment in the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem

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Arizona State University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Chemical Aspects Research

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Project Description

A fundamental understanding of how multiple stressors interact and impact shared living marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), which encompasses United States (U.S.), Mexican and Cuban waters, is critical to the development of effective management, restoration, recovery, and mitigation initiatives. The marine resource management community has recognized the need for improved comprehensive species information, including species-specific risk assessments to petrochemical exposure, in order to more effectively select and prioritize species, habitats, and ecosystems for improved management, restoration and recovery. The primary goal of this project is to provide a variety of resource managers with freely-available, comprehensive, species-specific data and risk assessments for more than 2,000 marine species present in the Gulf of Mexico LME.


Beth Polidoro
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