Determining the Degradation Rate Constants of the Hydrocarbons from the Macondo Well and Weathered Oil in Alabama Beaches and Marshes


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
The University of Alabama

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI Year One Block Grant

Project Location: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Beaches / Dunes
Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries

Project Description

We hypothesized that hydrocarbon degradation rates in sandy sediments will be enhanced by increases in organic matter input. To investigate this hypothesis we took a three-prong approach:
Determining the seasonal distribution of hydrocarbon degrading bacterial in Alabama coastal waters. The impact of inorganic nutrient additions on hydrocarbon degradation rates in sandy sediments. To do so we assessed the degradation of hydrocarbons in mesocosm experiments with differing fuel amounts (2,000 and 4,000 mg/kg) and with or without inorganic nutrient amendment.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)


Project ID: 188
Project Name: Determining the Degradation Rate Constants of the Hydrocarbons from the Macondo Well and Weathered Oil in Alabama Beaches and Marshes
SourceUID: 249
Latitude: 33.21562015
Longitude: -87.5403941
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Beaches / Dunes
Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: The University of Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Behzad Mortazavi
Point of Contact – Phone: bmortazavi@ua.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 251-861-2141 X 2189
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=249
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
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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: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 74750
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 74750
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: P