MOSSFA-Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation & Flocculent Accumulation

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MOSSFA-Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation & Flocculent Accumulation

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tallahasee, FL

Workshop Report here>>

Goals of workshop:

The primary goal is to integrate ongoing studies and develop new ideas and collaborations to promote a comprehensive view of the factors controlling the formation and deposition of oil-associated marine snow and it saccumulation as flocculants on the seafloor, in the context of oil and gas release and dispersant application in the marine environment.


  • Define processes/framework
  • What is spatial and temporal variation of processes
  • Manifestation in sedimentary record
  • Effects (biological and chemical) of processes and manifestation (and impacts) on ecosystem assessment
  • Define research questions for each process in framework
  • Identify what is needed for research strategy (i.e., what is and is not being addressed, define gaps and how to address these gaps)

Agenda here>>

Participants here>>


Welcome & Logistics (Nancy Kinner)

Overview: MOSSFA Working Group & Goals of Meeting (Uta Passow)

Oil Associated Marine Snow (Ali Khelifa)

Deposited Oil Associated Marine Snow (Samantha Joye)

Ecosystem Consequences (Joel Kostka)

Factors impacting the formation & modification of sinking "oil snow": processes and pathways (Kendra Daly)

Factors contributing to the formation of oil containing marine snow

Posters here>>


Florida State University

Center for Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)

2000 Levy Avenue, Building A

Tallahassee, Florida 32310


Steering Committee:

Nancy Kinner, CRRC/CSE at the University of New Hampshire

Jeff Chanton, Florida State University

Kendra Daly, University of South Florida

David Hollander, University of South Florida

Uta Passow, University of California, Santa Barbara