Dispatches E-News: Mud/Blood One, Animals in the Sediment & Science at Sea (08/30/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Mud and Blood Cruise – Part One

The “Mud and Blood Cruise” is a two-week research mission that collects and analyzes fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It’s divided into two phases: 1) mud = coring for sediment samples; 2) blood = studying fish communities. Dave Hollander and Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida lead the team of oceanographers.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment

Dr. Kelly Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. She and her team are studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the animals – like clams and worms – that live in the sediments of Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands. These “muck-dwellers” are crucial to the ecosystem. They regenerate nutrients that create healthy sea grasses and marshes, while also serving as food for fish populations.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Science at Sea: SPLASH Experiment Improves Predictions for Oil Moving toward Shore

Response decisions during Deepwater Horizon relied on forecasts of where the oil was going and when it would get there. Researchers with the CARTHE consortium have been working to improve the information that goes into making ocean transport forecasts in a way that has never been done before. The group recently completed the last of four field experiments that link the dynamics of deep ocean, shelf, and coastal surface currents, where materials such as oil or debris naturally accumulate.

Photo courtesy of Tamay Özgökmen.

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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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