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Aquatic Primary Productivity and Spatial/Temporal Water Quality Variations of the Breton Sound Estuary and Impacts of Oil Pollution

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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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Physical Aspects Research

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Project Description

We propose to measure water chemistry and phytoplankton productivity along transects in the Breton Sound estuary, which receives Mississippi River water from the Caernarvon freshwater diversion, and potentially has been impacted by the Gulf oil spill. This study aims to answer the following question: Did the Macondo 252 Oil Spill result in large scale perturbation of aquatic primary production in the Gulf of Mexico, especially in the Breton Sound estuary?


John Day
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