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A critical review of marine snow in the context of oil spills and oil spill dispersant treatment with focus on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A critical review of marine snow in the context of oil spills and oil spill dispersant treatment with focus on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Category
Academic literature review
Abstract
Natural marine snow (NMS) is defined as the “shower” of particle aggregates formed by processes that occur in the world's oceans, consisting of macroscopic aggregates of detritus, living organisms and inorganic matter. Recent studies from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill suggest that marine snow is also formed in association with oil spills and was an important factor for the transport of oil to the seabed. This review summarizes the research and literature on MS, mainly from the DWH oil spill, with a focus on the relation between the use of oil spill dispersants and the formation and fate of oil-related marine snow (ORMS). Studies are still required to determine ORMS processes at oil concentrations as relevant as possible for chemically dispersed oil.
Language
English
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Ocean / Miljø og nye ressurser
  • United Kingdom
Year
2018
Published in
Marine Pollution Bulletin
ISSN
0025-326X
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
135
Page(s)
346 - 356