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Flow Structures on the Northern Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico Using Drifters and Underway Velocity Profiles

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University of Florida


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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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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The proposed research seeks to describe the transport and fate of contaminants, namely oil and oil-derived substances, in Alabama coastal waters. Characterization of transport pathways and estuarine-gulf exchange of mass, momentum, and heat, from the shelf break to the delta, will be achieved through field observations and analysis. Field observations of circulation, water chemistry, and near-surface transport will be conducted through traditional vessel surveys, and GPS-equipped passive drifter releases.


Arnoldo Valle-Levinson
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