Scientists study effect of oil spill in relation to human well-being.

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Some of the greatest impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred deep below the water's surface, hidden from the eyes and minds of people who live on the coast. A project by Dr. Paul Montagna, chair for Ecosystems and Modeling with the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is designed to determine if there are links between environmental damage done offshore in the Gulf and the overall well-being of coastal residents.

The project is among the first funded by the National Academies of Sciences' (NAS) Gulf Research Program. After the oil spill, the federal government asked the NAS to establish a program to fund research to enhance oil system safety, human health, and environmental resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The program has $500...

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