Effects of dispersed oil droplets and produced water components on growth, development and reproduction of Arctic pelagic copepods (PWC-Arctic) (39297)

  • Nielsen, Torkel Gissel (Project Participant)
  • Dinh, Khuong Van (Project Participant)
  • Toxværd, Kirstine Underbjerg (PhD Student)

Project Details


As the Oil & Gas industry moves north towards the Arctic, it is crucial to understand and be able to predict the potential for detrimental effects of regular (produced water) and accidental oil spills on Arctic organisms, which often are characterized by high lipid content. 
Organisms with high lipid content are susceptible to accumulation of lipophilic organic components like produced water components (PWC) including oil droplets. Limited data exist on accumulation of oil components in Arctic lipid-rich species which are parameterized so they can be applied as input to models predicting bioaccumulation and body residues as a function of exposure time/concentration. Even less data exist where body residues of oil components are explicitly linked to sub-lethal and delayed effects (e.g. on offspring). Finally, the potential contribution of oil droplets to bioaccumulation has never been studied in Arctic species.

The present project aims at:
- providing parameterized data on uptake/elimination kinetics and internal administration (partitioning coefficients between lipids and body fluids) for PW components in the Arctic lipid-rich copepods Calanus glacialis and C.hyperboreus.
- determine effect concentrations for PW components on early life stages of these copepods.
- assess the potential for maternal transfer of PW components to eggs by exposing females prior to egg-laying and determine potential developmental effects in early stages developing in clean sea water. 
The parameterized data collected in this project will provide direct input to numerical models aimed at predicting impact of PW on Arctic organisms. The approaches and methodologies used are based on extensive experience from previous toxicological studies on the two Arctic species and in particular the related boreal species Calanus finmarchicus
The main objective of the current project is to increase the knowledge of the potential effects of dispersed oil and other produced water components on growth and reproduction in lipid-rich Arctic planktonic crustaceans.
This project is coordinated by SINTEF, Norway and funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Research area: Oceanography
Effective start/end date01/01/201631/12/2018