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Satellite Remote Sensing of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Providing a Context for Shipboard Measurements

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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

Employ real-time acquisitions of satellite imagery and measurements to map the surface extent of the oil in the region of the subsea plume to provide a context for the in-situ data to be collected and analyzed by LSU researchers. A detailed analysis of changes at the surface should relate to events at depth such as changes in sub-sea currents, volumes of oil, or impacts of dispersants on the oil reaching the surface. ;After the leak is plugged, remote sensing data will be needed to assess the motion and degradation of oil.


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