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Dynamics of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and Dissolved Oxygen Following Natural or Manmade Petroleum Carbon Release into Marine Environments

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University of Delaware


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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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Chemical Aspects Research

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Project Description

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in April 2010, extensive studies have been carried out to examine the chemical evolution of the leaked petroleum carbon, though not much on the evolution of seawater carbonate system itself. One important issue regarding the detection of the decomposition of underwater oil plume is whether dissolved oxygen (DO) signal can be used to demonstrate the microbial metabolism of the dispersed petroleum carbon. Different schools of thoughts have collided with each other in both the media and scientific journals.


Wei-Jun Cai
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