Study author Uta Passow prepares treatments for roller table experiments. Image provided by Passow.

Study Explores Complex Dispersant Effects on Marine Oil Snow Formation

Researchers simulated the sinking of marine particle aggregates in oil-dispersant mixtures to assess how Corexit chemical dispersant affects specific biological processes involving marine oil snow formation. The team found that Corexit could significantly enhance or inhibit marine oil snow formation depending on application timing and location and interactions with other water column compounds, making its influence difficult to predict.

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The GOES satellite took this image at 15:15 CDT August 25 2017 as NASA scientists flew through the eye of Hurricane Harvey. (Credit: NASA)

Research Teams Show Hurricane Readiness and Resilience

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active and destructive on record and included two major storms that affected the U.S. Gulf Coast – Harvey and Irma. Scientists who lead consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative are based in this area, and they shared how they and their teams prepared for and fared after the storms.

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Sea Grant Releases Bulletin on Corals and Oil Spills

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant publication that explains which corals were affected by the Deepwater Horizon incident and how scientists are monitoring those corals. The bulletin also describes the important roles that corals play in maintaining a healthy ocean and how corals worldwide struggle in the face of constant, multiple threats.

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