The National Science Foundation awarded a $35,000 grant to the University of New Orleans to study data collected in the Gulf of Mexico before BP's oil disaster devastated the region. The project, titled "Seamless marine-strandline-wetlands sediments data structure to support decision making against the Deepwater Horizon coastal oiling," will provide a basis of comparison for future studies on the disaster's impact.
The data will be collected on the seafloor of lakes Ponchartrain and Borgne and in the Gulf. Researchers, led by earth and environmental sciences professors Martin O'Connell and Mark Kulp, will determine what changes have occurred and any potential impact to marine life. The information also should determine which areas face the greatest impacts. — Alex Woodward