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Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG)

Lead PI: Ajit Subramaniam , Beizhan Yan , Dr. Andrew Juhl

Unit Affiliation: Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

September 2011 - December 2015
Inactive
Atlantic Ocean ; Central America ; Gulf of Mexico
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The team will use remote sensing, bio-optical measurements, deployment and analysis of data from Lagrangian profilers, quantification of elemental fluxes from bacteria, and chemical analysis of hydrocarbons to explore correlative relationships between potential release of macro and micro nutrients from the degradation of oil and phytoplankton blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

OUTCOMES: The team participated in a research cruise that collected samples, repaired and re-calibrated LISST, collected data from ALF and laser-induced fluorescence, developed a solid phase extraction method, and conducted biomarker analysis for oil snow samples.

SPONSOR:

University of Mississippi

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$100,791

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Geochemistry

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

University of Mississippi

KEYWORDS

langrangian profilers oil ecosystems phytoplankton gas ecosystem health ecosystems health and monitoring vulnerability

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet