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GFDL Study Examines the Fate and Consequences of Suspended and Dissolved Oil and Methane from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

A team of scientists from GFDL and NOAA's Office of Response and Recovery used a high-resolution global ocean climate model and take into account the microbial oxidation of oil to explore the probable extent of toxic concentrations of dissolved oil and of significant deep (1000-1300 m) oxygen depletion arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill. When the ocean circulation and microbial oxidation rates are taken into account, the interior ocean hypoxia or toxic concentrations of dissolved oil arising from the Deepwater Horizon blowout are likely to be locally significant but regionally confined to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Click here to read the full story.