Operational Science Advisory Team, Summary Report for Fate and Effects of Remnant Oil Remaining in the Beach Environment: Annex B, Spatial Oil Distribution   [open pdf - 4MB]

"This document discusses the spatial and temporal distribution of the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (MC252) oil that reached the shoreline after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil was weathered substantially (physical and chemical alteration and break down) while at sea for approximately 1 month (Brown et al., 2010). The oil that reached the beaches had very different properties from the oil that was released from the well. The first oiling event of Louisiana beaches occurred on approximately May 15, 2010, and the first oiling of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida beaches occurred on or about June 1, 2010 (OSAT, 2010). Four representative case studies of sandy beaches, one each from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, are presented to illustrate the remaining distribution of oil in three shoreline zones."

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