In this Case Assignment you will learn about the ecosystems that make up the regions impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Spill. Using resources from the NOAA and your own independent research, write a 4- to 6-page paper that summarizes the characteristics of each ecosystem including organisms commonly found there, potential threats based on their relative location to the spill, and the economic impact of damages in these communities.
Begin your research using diagrams in the report, Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Deepwater BP Oil Spill presented in a B-WET Workshop on April 1, 2011, and the status updates provided in April 2012 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This and other resources are available on the NOAA website: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov
In your report,
For the following ecosystems:
- Marine Wetlands
- Shoreline and Beaches
- Nearshore benthos
- Photic zone
- Deep benthos
- An introduction of the characteristics of the ecosytem community
- The level of the threat posed by the oil spill
- The affected species
- The type of surveys conducted to gather the data
- The economic and environmental cost associated with the damage
For a summary, view the PowerPoint presentation: Deepwater Oil Spill
This paper should be approximately 4-6 pages long and reflect the information contained in the resources provided above. When summarizing the information you read from the NOAA website, or any resources you use, be sure to synthesize the information into your own words, and cite the references. Please use complete sentences and write your paper in essay format using subheadings to organize the required topics.