FATE OF OIL IN A MODEL ECOSYSTEM

With the increasing number of oil spills, research on the determination of immobilization rates of oil at sea has increased. Most investigations have concentrated on such isolated problems as the ability of bacteria to grow on oil, the dissolution of certain fractions of oil and so on. But oil spills at sea are extremely complex events, and the fate of the oil has to be dealt with in a "systems analytical" way. This study with simulated oil spills was performed in an attempt to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the processes involved in the oil's disappearance. A theoretical model describing the fate of oil at sea was set up, using the "Odum energy circuit language" . To evaluate the hazards of oil spills, rates of degradation must be determined. But to do so with any accuracy, a number of dependent and independent factors bearing on the ultimate fate of oil have to be identified. Energy flow models may be an important tool for obtaining a better understanding of these matters.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Swedish Academy of Science

    Universitetsforlaget, P.O. Box 307, Blindern
    Oslo 3,   Norway 
  • Authors:
    • Hagstrom, A
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 229-231
  • Serial:
    • Ambio
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM