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Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Dispersion of Oil in the Ocean Surface Layers: Development, Testing and Applications of Subgrid-Scale Parameterizations

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Johns Hopkins University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Physical Aspects Research

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Project Description

Deep water blowouts generate plumes of oil droplets and gas bubbles that rise through, and interact with, various layers of the ocean. These interactions strongly affect the subsequent arrival of parts of the plume at the ocean surface. Computer modeling of these processes is playing an increasingly important role for estimating total oil spill volume and contribution of bio-degradation, planning for dispersant injection, and predictions/postdictions in general.


Charles V. Meneveau
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