Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2012
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig released an unprecedented amount of crude oil and natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Numerous studies have subsequently examined the fate and transport of the oil, natural gas and dispersants in the aftermath of the spill (e.g. 1-8). Oil entered the water column from the seafloor and settled into a neutrally-buoyant plume (1) or transited to the surface. As well as affecting surface water and coastal environments, the oil impacted deep-water ecosystems and sediments (8).