Deep Oil Spills

Facts, Fate, and Effects

  • Steven A. Murawski
  • Cameron H. Ainsworth
  • Sherryl Gilbert
  • David J.  Hollander
  • Claire B.  Paris
  • Michael Schlüter
  • Dana L. Wetzel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-3
    2. Steven A. Murawski, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Sherryl Gilbert, David J. Hollander, Claire B. Paris, Michael Schlüter et al.
      Pages 4-10
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 12-13
    2. Thomas B. P. Oldenburg, Philip Jaeger, Jonas Gros, Scott A. Socolofsky, Simeon Pesch, Jagoš R. Radović et al.
      Pages 25-42
    3. Karen Malone, Zachary M. Aman, Simeon Pesch, Michael Schlüter, Dieter Krause
      Pages 43-64
    4. Simeon Pesch, Michael Schlüter, Zachary M. Aman, Karen Malone, Dieter Krause, Claire B. Paris
      Pages 65-82
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 84-85
    2. Joel E. Kostka, Samantha B. Joye, Will Overholt, Paul Bubenheim, Steffen Hackbusch, Stephen R. Larter et al.
      Pages 107-124
    3. Aprami Jaggi, Ryan W. Snowdon, Jagoš R. Radović, Andrew Stopford, Thomas B. P. Oldenburg, Steve R. Larter
      Pages 125-138
    4. Ana C. Vaz, Claire B. Paris, Anusha L. Dissanayake, Scott A. Socolofsky, Jonas Gros, Michel C. Boufadel
      Pages 139-154
    5. Marieke Zeinstra-Helfrich, Albertinka J. Murk
      Pages 155-169
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 194-195
    2. Antonietta Quigg, Uta Passow, Kendra L. Daly, Adrian Burd, David J. Hollander, Patrick T. Schwing et al.
      Pages 196-220
    3. Patrick T. Schwing, David J. Hollander, Gregg R. Brooks, Rebekka A. Larson, David W. Hastings, Jeffrey P. Chanton et al.
      Pages 221-234
    4. Rebekka A. Larson, Gregg R. Brooks, Patrick T. Schwing, Arne R. Diercks, Charles W. Holmes, Jeffrey P. Chanton et al.
      Pages 235-252
    5. Jagoš R. Radović, Aprami Jaggi, Renzo C. Silva, Ryan Snowdon, Derek C. Waggoner, Patrick G. Hatcher et al.
      Pages 253-268
    6. David W. Hastings, Thea Bartlett, Gregg R. Brooks, Rebekka A. Larson, Kelly A. Quinn, Daniel Razionale et al.
      Pages 269-284
    7. Isabel C. Romero, Jeffrey P. Chanton, Brad E. Roseheim, Jagoš R. Radović, Patrick T. Schwing, David J. Hollander et al.
      Pages 285-300
    8. Alette A. M. Langenhoff, Shokouh Rahsepar, Justine S. van Eenennaam, Jagoš R. Radović, Thomas B. P. Oldenburg, Edwin Foekema et al.
      Pages 301-311
    9. Sara A. Lincoln, Jagoš R. Radović, Adolfo Gracia, Aprami Jaggi, Thomas B. P. Oldenburg, Stephen R. Larter et al.
      Pages 312-327
    10. Jagoš R. Radović, Isabel C. Romero, Thomas B. P. Oldenburg, Stephen R. Larter, John W. Tunnell Jr.
      Pages 328-340
  6. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 342-343
    2. Christopher G. Lewis, Robert W. Ricker
      Pages 344-354
    3. Erin L. Pulster, Adolfo Gracia, Susan M. Snyder, Kristina Deak, Susan Fogelson, Steven A. Murawski
      Pages 388-413
    4. Adolfo Gracia, Steven A. Murawski, Ana Rosa Vázquez-Bader
      Pages 414-430
    5. Kaitlin E. Frasier, Alba Solsona-Berga, Lesley Stokes, John A. Hildebrand
      Pages 431-462
  7. Part VI

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 464-465
    2. Mace G. Barron, Susan C. Chiasson, Adriana C. Bejarano
      Pages 466-479
    3. Martin Grosell, Robert J. Griffitt, Tracy A. Sherwood, Dana L. Wetzel
      Pages 497-514
  8. Part VII

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 534-535
    2. Lindsey N. Dornberger, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Felicia Coleman, Dana L. Wetzel
      Pages 536-550
    3. Joel G. Ortega-Ortiz, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Adolfo Gracia
      Pages 551-568
    4. Christa Court, Alan Wade Hodges, Kara Coffey, Cameron H. Ainsworth, David Yoskowitz
      Pages 569-580
  9. Part VIII

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 582-583
    2. Steven A. Murawski, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Sherryl Gilbert, David J. Hollander, Claire B. Paris, Michael Schlüter et al.
      Pages 584-594
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 595-611

About this book


The demand for oil and gas has brought exploration and production to unprecedented depths of the world’s oceans.  Currently, over 50% of the oil from the Gulf of Mexico now comes from waters in excess of 1,500 meters (one mile) deep, where no oil was produced just 20 years ago.  The Deepwater Horizon oil spill blowout did much to change the perception of oil spills as coming just from tanker accidents, train derailments, and pipeline ruptures.  In fact, beginning with the Ixtoc 1 spill off Campeche, Mexico in 1979-1980, there have been a series of large spill events originating at the sea bottom and creating a myriad of new environmental and well control challenges.  This volume explores the physics, chemistry, sub-surface oil deposition and environmental impacts of deep oil spills.  Key lessons learned from the responses to previous deep spills, as well as unresolved scientific questions for additional research are highlighted, all of which are appropriate for governmental regulators, politicians, industry decision-makers, first responders, researchers and students wanting an incisive overview of issues surrounding deep-water oil and gas production.


oil spills marine biology underwater spills deep spills impact modeling oceanography dispersant Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven A. Murawski
    • 1
  • Cameron H. Ainsworth
    • 2
  • Sherryl Gilbert
    • 3
  • David J.  Hollander
    • 4
  • Claire B.  Paris
    • 5
  • Michael Schlüter
    • 6
  • Dana L. Wetzel
    • 7
  1. 1.College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South FloridaSaint PetersburgUSA
  4. 4.College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  5. 5.Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  6. 6.Hamburg University of TechnologyHamburgGermany
  7. 7.Mote Marine LaboratorySarasotaUSA

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