The DEEPEND consortium will characterize the oceanic ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico to infer baseline conditions in the water column. This information will establish a time-series with which natural and anthropogenic changes can be detected.
Scope of Work Statement
In response to the DWHOS and the highlighted absence of baseline data for the deep GoM (200-1500 m) water column, the DEEPEND consortium will conduct a three year sampling, sensing, modeling, and laboratory analysis program to assess ecosystem dynamics, identify drivers of variability, and investigate possible consequences of the spill on ecosystem attributes. Data obtained during the 2010-2011 and 2015-2017 periods will establish a time-series with which ecosystem shifts or responses can be detected.