Environmental effects of offshore oil activities: experimental tests of petroleum-associated components on benthos at community, individual, and cellular levels

Updated 2004-11-05

This project will examine benthic processes in arctic and mid-latitude regions in order to derive specific conclusions on the sensitivity of benthic organisms and communities to acute spills of petroleum-related chemicals and routine releases of drill cuttings. We will carry out a series of controlled experiments on whole sediment communities and individual benthic organisms with additions of drill cuttings and petroleum-associated contaminants, arriving at a set of hypotheses on the likely impacts on the benthos of petroleum production activities at higher latitudes. A series of testable hypotheses will be formulated based on an examination of real-world monitoring data sets collected under Norway’s Petroleum Regional Monitoring Programme and results of mesocosm experiments performed previously at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) Station at Solbergstrand. These data sets will be examined in order to identify the geographic scope of responses to petroleum industrial activities. Through this work, we intend to propose procedures to improve the interpretation of benthic monitoring data for diverse environmental regions in Norway. The project is linked to several on-going NFR projects within the Polarklima programme. By involving a Ph.D. student the project will advance the education and training of young scientists in the field of biological effects studies related to petroleum development and exploration activities.

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
2004 - 2007
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
JoLynn Carroll
Address
Akvaplan-niva Polar Environmental Centre 9296 Tromsø Norway
Phone
+47 77 75 03 00
Fax
+47 77 75 03 01
Email
on.avin.nalpavka@cj
Other project contacts
Gro Harlaug Olsen (PhD student) Akvaplan-niva Polar Environmental centre 9296 Tromsø Norway

Parameters and Media

Not specified

Geography

Regions studied
Barents Sea
Sverdrup Research Station, Ny-Ålesund
Other areas
Kongsfjorden

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
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