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Briefing Date:07/09/2013
Topic:An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Ocean Studies Board
Committee on the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill
on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico

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Congressional Briefings
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
253 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 1:30 p.m.
and

441 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.

on

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts
of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

In order to assess the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is necessary not only to collect and analyze information related to specific impacts but also to identify relationships among the impacted ecosystem services and societal benefits. In response to a request by Congress in P.L. 111-212, this National Academies report develops an “ecosystem service approach” that is an additional tool to assessing damages. This approach could facilitate the restoration efforts, enhance our scientific understanding of how this important marine ecosystem functions, and how its communities and natural resources may respond to future events.

This is the final of two reports. The interim report can be found here.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 10, 2013 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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