Documenting Impacts of the Subsea Plume Using Gulf SERPENT ROV Surveys

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Louisiana State University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2010

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

This study was initially designed to use industrial remotely operated vehicles aboard deepwater oil rigs and drillships to document the biodiversity of plankton in the waters around the MC252 accident. At the time the project was proposed, it appeared likely that access to such ROVs would be available. Subsequent demands for these systems to support the oil spill response combined with the BOEMRE moratorium on drilling permits made it impossible to secure access to any deepwater rigs within the time-frame of the project.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Project ID: 130
Project Name: Documenting Impacts of the Subsea Plume Using Gulf SERPENT ROV Surveys
SourceUID: 105
Latitude: 30.41240716
Longitude: -91.17876066
Country: United States of America
State or Province: LA, MD, WI
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: Louisiana State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Mark Benfield
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 225-578-6372
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 56090
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 56090
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2010
Award Month: 7
Total Amount Leveraged: 0