NOAA, UNH Fund Investigation on Effects of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spills

NOAA, UNH Fund Investigation on Effects of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spills

NOAA and the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) at the University of New Hampshire announced research funding for three projects aimed at better understanding the impact of dispersed oil and chemical dispersants used during oil spills.

NOAA is awarding these grants using supplemental research funding provided by Congress as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The grants, collectively totaling nearly $500,000, were awarded on a competitive basis through a peer-review process that attracted 36 proposals from U.S. and international research teams.

“The subject of dispersant use will intensify the next time there is a significant spill in U.S. waters, which is why continued research in this area is needed,” said Doug Helton, incident operations coordinator for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.

“The Deepwater Horizon spill pointed to the gaps in our knowledge about dispersants. These grants aim to fill some of those gaps with scientific studies,” said Nancy Kinner, professor of civil and environmental engineering and UNH director of the CRRC, which is a partnership between NOAA and UNH.

The funded projects, each to be completed within one year, are:

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (Baltimore): $150,000 to study the effects of dispersants and dispersed oil on the commercially-important blue crab, a keystone species of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast, and its larvae. Principal investigator: Eric Schott.

SEA Consulting Group (Cape Charles, Va.): $179,945 to study the role of social media and other communications tools in risk communication around dispersants and oil spills. Principal investigator: Ann Hayward Walker.

Research Planning, Inc. (Columbia, S.C.): $149,938 to create an easily accessible database of all the data on the toxicological effects of dispersants and dispersed oil on marine organisms. Principal investigator: Adriana Bejarano.

Press Release, November 15, 2012

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