Traps for oil degraders tested in Disco Bay (Greenland)

Friday, March 6, 2015

What is the natural ability of pristine waters to cope with oil pollution? Jens Aamand and his research group at GEUS have developed test systems to answer this question. The use so-called degrader traps which consist of a carrier material onto which a small amount of crude oil is sorbed. These systems are then placed in the sea for several months. After that it exposure it is checked which organisms have populated the substrate and whether they were actually able to degrade the oil. GEUS' site activities in Greenland have recently been reported in the Greenlandic weekly magazine Sermitsiaq


Photo: Trine Juncher Jørgensen