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Exxon Valdez Hydrocarbon Database
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill of 1989: State/Federal Trustee Council Hydrocarbon Database (EVTHD) is the collection of information on the hydrocarbon analysis of environmental samples obtained for the Exxon Valdez National Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration efforts.

The data are organized into three matrix types: 5,000 tissues (representing 70 species) and 4,000 sediment and 300 seawater samples collected from 350 locations in or near the spill area. The samples were derived from 40 projects administered by investigators from 13 research organizations between 1989 and 1999.

The analytical results include concentrations of 63 hydrocarbons, summary statistics for the evaluation of the hydrocarbon sources, and laboratory quality control data. Features of the database include identification of replicate samples, presentation of results in dry or wet weight, correction for method detection limits (MDL) of the analytes, and easy identification of samples contaminated with Exxon Valdez crude oil.

To download the EVTHD database:

1.  Click here  to download the zipped file and then uncompress.
(Warning: this file is 6MB and may take a while to download.   All compressed .zip files can be downloaded and opened using PKZIP shareware or WinZip software.)

2.  Click here  to view the EVTHD manual using Adobe Acrobat Reader and follow the instructions on how to start the database and to generate your queries.

Individual copies of the database on CD are available from the Auke Bay Laboratories by contacting:

Mark Carls
Auke Bay Laboratories
Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
17109 Pt Lena Loop Rd
Juneau AK 99801
(907) 789-6019

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