USF to lead Gulf spill research project

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The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science will lead a research consortium that has received more than $11 million from BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to continue studying the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf’s ocean and coastal ecosystem, reports the News Service of Florida. The proposal, one of eight selected, will include universities in three other states,  Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, in examining the impact of the spill and the use of chemical dispersants. The USF project was part of a round of funding from the Gulf Research Initiative that provides $112.5 million over three years to address the spill. USF researchers will focus on two themes related to the spill: understanding the physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that control the dispersion and fate of oil and gas released during a deep-sea blowout and understanding the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the marine ecosystem.

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