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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts and Recovery in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands: Long-Term Effects on Plant-Soil-Benthic Systems

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Louisiana 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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Environmental Research

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Project Description

An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout have affected the nation's largest and most productive wetland-estuarine environment. Healthy plant-soil-benthic communities are vital to sustaining marsh structure and function and to promote important wetland services. Although the immediate short-term impacts of the DWH oil spill on coastal wetland vegetation are obvious, the long-term ecological impacts and recovery from this oil spill are virtually unknown.


Qianxin Lin
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