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A Comprehensive Assessment of Oil Distribution, Transport, Fate and Impacts on Ecosystems and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Release

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University of Southern Mississippi


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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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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The Gulf of Mexico region is critically important to the U.S. from cultural, economic, natural resource, and recreational standpoints. An integrated and comprehensive strategy is proposed to (i) characterize the distribution and transport of the oil in coastal waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico, (ii) characterize the chemical form and evolution of oil and dispersant and potential contribution to coastal hypoxia, (iii) assess the impacts of oil and dispersant on the coastal and offshore habitat, food webs, and living maring resources, and (iv) assess the impacts of the oil spill on public health and welfare.


Steven Lohrenz
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