Physical and Biological Processes Affecting the Distribution of Hypoxia on the Louisiana Continental Shelf

EPA Grant Number: R827785E02
Title: Physical and Biological Processes Affecting the Distribution of Hypoxia on the Louisiana Continental Shelf
Investigators: Rabalais, Nancy N. , Justic, Dubravko , Turner, R. Eugene , Wiseman, William J.
Institution: Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
EPA Project Officer: Hunt, Sherri
Project Period: March 17, 2002 through March 16, 2003
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)


The main objective of this research project is to better define the physical and biological processes affecting the distribution of low oxygen through experiments with instrumentation, empirical relationships, and modeling. Development of technological capabilities and expanded modeling efforts will provide the necessary data sets to improve our research competitiveness, as well as support the development of human resources, particularly in public and graduate education. The project will address research questions about vertical and horizontal transport of oxygen, timing and duration of low oxygen, cross-shelf and alongshore dynamics, transformation of hypoxic water masses, and integration of the physics (winds and currents) with biological processes.

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Supplemental Keywords:

hypoxia, anoxia, continental shelf, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, eutrophication, nonpoint source pollution, coupled physical/biological models, climate variability., RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Waste, Water, ECOSYSTEMS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, Water & Watershed, Restoration, climate change, Aquatic Ecosystem, Fate & Transport, Monitoring/Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Biochemistry, Ecology and Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Watersheds, fate and transport, environmental monitoring, watershed management, environmental measurement, water circulation, sediment transport, coastal zone, continuous monitoring, particle reactive contaminants, restoration strategies, hypoxia, watershed influences, hydrology, integrated watershed model, aquatic ecosystems, environmental stress, source load modeling, watershed sustainablility, coastal ecosystems, water quality, ecosystem stress, ecology assessment models, ecological impact, ecological research, watershed restoration, heavy metals, Mississippi

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