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Characterizing the Composition and Biogeochemical Behavior of Dispersants and Their Transformation Products in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ecosystems

Implementing Organization

Mississippi State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$1,122,300

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

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The use of chemical dispersants is a key emergency response option available to mitigate impacts of large oil spills on sensitive coastal or surface water ecosystems and resources. Long controversial, the relative merits of dispersant use came under intense scrutiny when approximately 1.84 million gallons of Corexit series dispersants were used during the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) in 2010.

Contact

Darrell Sparks
662-325-7733
dsparks@bch.msstate.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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