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Wave and Surge Simulations for Spilled-Oil Redistribution By Gulf of Mexico Tropical Cyclones

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Louisiana State 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

It is well know that the Northern Gulf of Mexico is subject to frequent hurricane impacts. Recent hurricanes that devastated the north Gulf coast include Hurricanes Ivan (2004), Katrina (2005), Rita, (2005) and Gustav (2008). One of the critical questions is how the strong winds and waves generated by a tropical storm or hurricane will re-suspend the oil-induced contaminants from the sea floor, and transport and redistribute them to the coastal area, especially to many estuaries of national significance, such as Mobile Bay, Alabama.


Q. Jim Chen
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