Long-Term Preservation of Oil Spill Events in Sediments: The Case for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

  • Isabel C. RomeroEmail author
  • Jeffrey P. Chanton
  • Brad E. Roseheim
  • Jagoš R. Radović
  • Patrick T. Schwing
  • David J. Hollander
  • Stephen R. Larter
  • Thomas B. P. Oldenburg


Geochemical studies can provide a record of environmental changes and biogeochemical processes in sedimentary systems. Analytical methods are in need of high-throughput procedures targeting recalcitrant and multiple chemical species for delineating ecological patterns and ecosystem health. The goal of this chapter is to summarize the analytical methods, recalcitrant molecules and transformed organic material used in previous studies as chemical indicators of the impact and fate of Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil residues in sediments. Further monitoring of recalcitrant molecules and transformed material will help to elucidate the long-term fate of the DWH weathered oil in sedimentary environments of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


Deep-sea sediments GC/MS/MS-MRM Ramped pyrolysis Stable isotopes FTICR-MS 


Funding Information

This research was made possible by grants from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative through its consortia: The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE), Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG), and Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel C. Romero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeffrey P. Chanton
    • 2
  • Brad E. Roseheim
    • 1
  • Jagoš R. Radović
    • 3
  • Patrick T. Schwing
    • 1
  • David J. Hollander
    • 1
  • Stephen R. Larter
    • 3
  • Thomas B. P. Oldenburg
    • 3
  1. 1.University of South Florida, College of Marine ScienceSt. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric ScienceFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeoscienceUniversity of Calgary, PRGCalgaryCanada

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