A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida State University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States1

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Petroleum
Microbial Communities

Project Description

The goals of this project are to link microbial degradation of buried oil and associated transport processes and to integrate these data in a model that allows predictions of pathways and rates of oil degradation, and thus, forecasting recovery pathways in future oil spills. Specific objectives are to: (1) Determine microbial community structure and succession associated with petroleum hydrocarbons buried in sub-, inter- and supratidal coastal sands; (2) Quantitatively link supply rates of oxygen and nutrients to microbial oil degradation rates and community structure in these sands; (3) Develop a model using a systems approach that incorporates microbiological, genomics, biogeochemical and transport data to predict decomposition rates of buried oil in beach sands; (4) Organize a workshop for disseminating our models and associated bioinformatics tools.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Georgia Institute of Technology


Project ID: 501
Project Name: A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill
SourceUID: 278
Latitude: 30.446227
Longitude: -84.299273
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, GA
County: Y
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s): Chemical Aspects Research
Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: Florida State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Markus Huettel
Point of Contact – Phone: mhuettel@fsu.edu
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=278
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:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1010250
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 : 1010250
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0


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