Documenting Impacts of the Subsea Plume Using Gulf SERPENT ROV Surveys
Louisiana State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
This study was initially designed to use industrial remotely operated vehicles aboard deepwater oil rigs and drillships to document the biodiversity of plankton in the waters around the MC252 accident. At the time the project was proposed, it appeared likely that access to such ROVs would be available. Subsequent demands for these systems to support the oil spill response combined with the BOEMRE moratorium on drilling permits made it impossible to secure access to any deepwater rigs within the time-frame of the project.