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|About||ECOGIG's goal is to understand the environmental impacts of natural and anthropogenic hydrocarbon inputs on ocean ecosystems|
ECOGIG's mission is to understand the environmental impacts of natural and anthropogenic hydrocarbon inputs on ocean ecosystems around the globe. ECOGIG stands for Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Geosphere, and is comprised of a number of research programs.
The DEEP SEARCH research program was launched in September 2017 as a multi-agency 5-year study of deep-sea coral, canyon, and gas seep ecosystems in U.S. federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
This project will explore and characterize the biological communities of the study area, examine the sensitivity of habitat-structuring fauna and associated communities to natural and anthropogenic disturbance, and describe the oceanographic, geological, geochemical, and acoustic conditions associated with each habitat type.
This study will improve our understanding of the habitats and communities in offshore areas of the Atlantic Large Marine Ecosystem and will contribute to the environmental information needed to address current and emerging science and management issues, in particular with respect to the potential development of energy and marine mineral resources in the area.
The Gulf ECOGIG research program is comprised of 29 lead investigators from 15 institutions is led by project director Dr. Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia. Gulf ECOGIG's mission is to compare and understand the environmental signatures and impacts of natural oil and gas seepage versus inputs generated by localized, abrupt and large hydrocarbon discharges like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill.
In particular, Gulf ECOGIG examines the impacts of oil and natural gas on coupled benthic-pelagic processes in deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and charts the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery from the 2010 Macondo oil well blowout.
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|Founded||DEEP SEARCH (2017-2020); Gulf ECOGIG (2011-2018)|
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