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

Lead PI: Ajit Subramaniam , Beizhan Yan , Dr. Andreas Thurnherr

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

January 2015 - December 2018
Inactive
Atlantic Ocean ; Gulf of Mexico
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The ECOGIG-2 (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf – 2) Research Consortium conducts multi-scale, multidisciplinary research to study the impacts and fates of oil and gas released in offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The ECOGIG-2 team’s work will improve our ability to understand, quantify, and predict the large- and small-scale processes that distribute and degrade hydrocarbons throughout the Northern Gulf, from the deep seafloor to the ocean surface. ECOGIG-2 scientists will work at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems, and from point source inputs to the entire Gulf system. The program will employ novel, highly sophisticated technologies to achieve in situ monitoring of benthic and water column dynamics on time scales from a few weeks to as long as a year.

SPONSOR:

University of Georgia

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$1,481,996

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Ocean & Climate Physics (O&CP), Geochemistry

KEYWORDS

phytoplankton vulnerability gas deep seafloor ecosystem health oil ecosystems water columns ecosystems health and monitoring langrangian profilers

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet