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Anticipated Themes for BP RFP
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/31/2011 @ 16:09:55, in Oil Spill, read 1760 times)
ANTICIPATED THEMES: I. The physical distribution, and ultimate fate of contaminants associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident. Physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum, its constituents, and any dispersants applied under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air–sea interactions, and tropical storms. II. The chemical evolution and biological degradation of the contaminants. Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems. III. The environmental effects of the contaminants on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and the science of ecosystem recovery. Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, shallow water habitats, wetlands, organisms, and beach sediments; and the science of ecosystem recovery. IV. Technology developments for improved detection, characterization, mitigation, and remediation of offshore oil spills. Technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and accompanying releases of gas. V. Integration of the previous four themes in the context of human health. Fundamental scientific research integrating results from the other four themes in the context of public health.