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Potential Ecological Effects of Chemically Dispersed and Biodegraded Oils. - AE0812

Summary Objective
Through laboratory study, assess the rate of dispersion and biodegradation of a weathered crude oil, potentially found in UK waters and record the response of a range of indicator organisms e.g. mussels and bacteria. Fractionate the oil to determine the toxicity of key compounds after mixing with a dispersant and undertake life cycle studies.

Key Customer Purpose
Utilising joint funding with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department of Trade & Industry in conjunction with existing industry protocols, consider the environmental consequences of using dispersants under controlled conditions and provide appropriate guidance for their future application.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Final Report   (1313k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2006

Cost: £165,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation              
Oil Dispersal              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine