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Gulf of Mexico Research

Gulf of Mexico Research

Robert Kröger, Dan Prevost, Jerry Farris (ASU), Matt Moore (USDA/ARS)

The Gulf of Mexico is the 7th largest economy in the world, and as such as provides significant contributions to industry, ecology and economy of the region. On an annual basis the Gulf of Mexico experiences an area of low oxygen or hypoxia as a result of nutrient enriched river influences increasing algal biomass and the associated bacterial respiration to decompose those bacteria. From 2004-2008 the areal extent of the hypoxic zone has been over 17,000 km2, with the 2008 measurement of 20, 721 km2 being the second largest ever documented. The 2008 Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan set a goal to reduce the size of the hypoxic zone to 5,000 km2 by 2015. To reach this goal the Action Plan calls for nutrient loading reduction targets of 45% for both nitrogen and phosphorus, based on model predictions.

The Water Quality Laboratory at Mississippi State University strives to provide research, scientific outputs , public information as well as very importantly on-the ground nutrient reductions towards improving downstream aquatic ecosystem water quality, with the ultimate goal of improving ecological and economic integrity within the Gulf of Mexico.

Several helpful links for Gulf of Mexico related items


Gulf of Mexico Research

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