CONCORDE researchers want to know how tiny drops of oil and dispersant impact the planktonic organisms in their path throughout the complex nearshore physical environment.


After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many physical, geochemical, and biological factors from both the open Gulf and river discharge influenced the pathways of oil and dispersant as they traveled to the coast. CONCORDE scientists want to know which mechanisms enhanced potentially toxic interactions of oil and dispersant with plankton as they guided the oil and dispersant through the ecosystem.


Our scientists will use CONCORDE data to create a four-dimensional synthetic model that will reveal the exposure pathways of oil and dispersant from the Deepwater Horizon spill. This model will be portable to future spill scenarios impacting similar river-dominated coastal ecosystems.