A second and final research trip to Prince William Sound, Alaska, will conclude a study to help understand why there is still oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill remaining in certain areas.
In March, Marine Science Today reported about Prof. Michael Boufadel, Temple University Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair and hydrologist, expert in oil spills and oil remediation, who is seeking answers to why the environment is still suffering the consequences of the Exxon Valdez accident (read here).
Boufadel spent the past two years researching why oil from the Exxon Valdez can still be found along many of the beaches in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and hopes to publish more definitive conclusions later this summer, as well as providing guidelines for how to clean it up.
A group of nine students will work in the field August 16-28, 2009, the last trip scheduled for this environmental study. Two doctoral candidates, two masters students and four undergrads will share this two week experience in Alaska and help Boufadel determine the remediation on two of the six affected beaches. After weeks of preparation, logistics and working on computer simulations to determine the right equipment, the team is finally ready and excited to start their last trip.
In a series of reports from the field, Bilal A. Khan - one of the masters candidates on the trip, will give Marine Science Today readers the opportunity to read about the preparations, expectations, tasks and experiences this group share during their last research trip. His reports will appear as new posts here on Marine Science Today. Read about work conducted during the first trip to the field in June here and stay tuned for the final assessment of the causes of the on-going pollution as well as potential solutions.
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