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Transport and fate of oil in the upper ocean: Studying and modeling multi-scale physical dispersion mechanisms and remediation strategies using Large Eddy Simulation

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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

This project has four main goals: 1) develop a transport model for evolution of entire distributions of oil droplet sizes in Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and effects of dispersants on the size distribution; 2) develop the Extended Nonperiodic Domain LES for Scalar Transport (ENDLESS) methodology that couples the transport with outputs from larger scale regional ocean models; 3) With simulations, explore effects of dispersants on plume evolution for both underwater and surface application of oil dispersants; 4) Use results to develop engineering tools for rapid real-time assessment and parameterizations for regional scale ocean models.


Charles V. Meneveau
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