Mission Statement

The DEEPEND consortium will characterize the oceanic ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico to infer baseline conditions in the water column.  This information will establish a time-series with which natural and anthropogenic changes can be detected.

Scope of Work Statement

In response to the DWHOS and the highlighted absence of baseline data for the deep GoM (200-1500 m) water column, the DEEPEND consortium has conducted a five-year sampling, sensing, modeling, and laboratory analysis program assessing ecosystem dynamics, identifying drivers of variability, and investigating consequences of the spill on ecosystem attributes. Data obtained during the 2010-2011 and 2015-2020 periods establish a time-series with which ecosystem shifts or responses can be detected.