ECOGIG Scientists Embark on “Jewels of the Gulf” Research Cruise

4493The 12-day expedition will assess the effects of oil, methane, and chemical dispersants on deep-sea corals. Remotely operated vehicles at over 1000 meters depth will capture hundreds of high-resolution still images of corals that the researchers have been monitoring since 2010. The team will analyze the images and compare them to those from previous expeditions to document the spill’s impacts and assess the coral’s post-spill recovery and survival.

Learn more about the Jewels of the Gulf expedition here.