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Resuspension, Redistribution and Deposition of Deep Water Horizon (DwH) Recalcitrant Hydrocarbons to offshore Depocenters

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Eckerd College


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Benthic Zone/Sea Floor

Project Description

The proposed research will transform our understanding of the sinks, distribution, and transport processes of sedimentary hydrocarbons by investigating the connectivity of geomorphological features (erosional channels, lee depocenters, and isolated valleys), and the sedimentological and physical oceanographic processes (resuspension, advection and re-sedimentation) affecting oil-derived hydrocarbon distribution and deposition within the BNL in the deep sea. This research will build on and synthesize information from seafloor topographic and petrocarbon mapping and sediment studies by ECOGIG, C-IMAGE and Deep-C consortia as well as deep sea current measurements and model data provided by the GISR and ECOGIG-II consortia. This project will address the impacts of hydrocarbon deposition in a much broader spatial scale than previously studied in the GoM through an integrated research program that will address GoMRI research theme 1.


Arne R. Diercks
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