Benthic Faunal Baselines in the Gulf of Mexico: A Precursor to Evaluate Future Impacts
Benthic, Foraminifera, Macrofauna, Meiofauna, Oil spill, MOSSFA, Deepwater Horizon, Ixtoc 1, Baseline
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This chapter provides a comparison between recently developed, post-oil spill baseline measurements throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and previous, pre-oil spill baselines for benthic foraminifera, meiofauna, and macrofauna for areas impacted by the Deepwater Horizon (2010) and Ixtoc 1 (1979–1980) oil spills. This comparison will provide two primary outcomes: (1) assessment of any lasting changes in benthic faunal assemblages caused by the Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc 1 oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and (2) augmentation of pre-oil spill baselines or establishment of “new normal” post-oil spill baseline measurements that can be utilized to quantitatively assess impact, response, and recovery of benthic fauna in the event of a future oil spill.
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Benthic Faunal Baselines in the Gulf of Mexico: A Precursor to Evaluate Future Impacts, in S. A. Murawki, C. H. Ainsworth, S. Gilbert, D. J. Hollander & C. B. Paris (Eds.), Scenarios and Responses to Future Deep Oil Spills: Fighting the Next War, Springer, p. 98-108
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Schwing, Patrick; Montagna, Paul A.; Machain-Castillo, Maria Luisa; Escobar-Briones, Elva; and Rohal, Melissa, "Benthic Faunal Baselines in the Gulf of Mexico: A Precursor to Evaluate Future Impacts" (2019). Marine Science Faculty Publications. 455.