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Deep-sea Risk Assessment and species sensitivity to WAF, CEWAF and Dispersant

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Texas A&M 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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Environmental Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Subsea injection of dispersants offers some significant benefits compared to the application of dispersants on the sea surface. Although dispersant application at the sea surface has been extensively studied, more data are needed on the efficiency and environmental impacts of dispersed oil in the subsea to evaluate and document acceptability of this response technique. We will test a series of deep sea organisms to the effect of specific individual hydrocarbons, as well as WAF, CEWAF and Dispersant. If successful, we are hoping to develop and new method for the effects of contaminants on marine organisms.


Anthony Hayden Knap
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