GoMRI Consortium for oil spill exposure pathways in Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE)

Project Leader:JProject Leader: Monty Graham (University of Southern Mississippi)

Project Details

This project addresses how complex fine-scale structure and processes in coastal waters dominated by pulsed-river plumes control the exposure, impacts and ecosystem recovery from offshore oil spills. CONCORDE has been focused on understanding sub-surface modes of Oil Derived Substance transport and chemical change as it relates to organism exposure in coastal waters dominated by pulsed-river plumes.

A central component of this program is seasonal transects across the Mississippi Bight shelf with coupled biophysical measurements. This project represents an interdisciplinary, multi-institution research opportunity that is fostering new collaborations with institution across the U.S.

In the News:

Dzwonkowski et al. (2015), GoMRI - 06/14/2016 (http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/study-observes-mobile-bay-plume-dynamics-coastal-circulation/).

Dzwonkowski et al. (2017), ACER consortium - 6/19/2017 (http://acer.disl.org/news/2017/06/19/acer-concorde-collaboration-results-in-new-publication/)

Small Boat Updates on CONCORDE

A satellite image of the mouth of the Mobile Bay shows chlorophyll-a during the March 2011 discharge event. Surface vectors (red) and middepth (black) current velocity are 3 hour averages of the subtidal signals. Wind vectors (grey) are 5 hours prior to the image. Image provided by Brian Dzwonkowski. Acknowledgement: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group; (2014): Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) Ocean Color Data, NASA OB.DAAC)