The primary objectives of C-IMAGE are: to improve the observational and predictive tools available to better understand the DWH event in hindsight to predict the consequences of another deep-sea blow out in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) or elsewhere To date, C-IMAGE scientists have spent more than 80 days on/in the Gulf of Mexico collecting water, sediment, and biological samples. Some were sent to our partners in Hamburg for high pressure biodegradation experiments, some to Calgary to see how the oil partitions as it ages and weathers and many of them are being analyzed here at USF looking at oil concentrations in sediments, PAH concentrations in fish tissue, phytoplankton impacts, and toxicity impacts. Laboratory experiments are underway in the Netherlands at Wageningen University to determine the toxicity of oil with and without dispersants. Sediments are being analyzed to determine the impact of oil on microbial assemblages and to find signs of recovery. These studies are closely integrated, results from one feeding into parameterizations for another. By looking at the Gulf of Mexico holistically, we can better understand the impact of not only this oil spill, but future breaches.


The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is a center at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies where Dr. Greg Stunz is also the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health...


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