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Consortium for Simulation of Oil-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO)

Implementing Organization

Florida State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$705,732

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Microbial Communities

Project Description

The overarching goal of this project is to synthesize recent model developments and results from field- and laboratory-based microbial studies in order to fundamentally advance understanding of how microbial biodegradation influences accumulation of petroleum in the water column and in marine sediments of the deep ocean and the shelf, and to investigate the impacts of potential future oil spills under different temperatures, oxygen levels, suspended particulate matter, transport, and bathymetric regimes, all of which would influence biodegradation. The outcomes of this study will provide a more comprehensive analysis of the fate of the Deepwater Horizon (DwH) oil spill than is currently available and improve the ability to forecast the fate of future oil spills.

Contact

Eric P. Chassignet
None
echassignet@coaps.fsu.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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