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Understanding How the Complex Topography of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Influences Water-column Mixing Processes and the Vertical and Horizontal Distribution of Oil and Gas after a Blowout

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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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 study's main objective is to quantify turbulence-induced dispersion. An integrated, multi-platform, observational field effort is proposed that makes direct observations of turbulent mixing in the Gulf of Mexico outer continental slope region near the BP Deepwater Horizon well and across the northern Gulf of Mexico. The results of this project will help improve the representation of mixing processes in modern plume dispersal models. Quantification of the turbulent field will support vastly improved forecast capabilities of present and planned numerical models. The project will provide research opportunities and at-sea training for a graduate student at Texas A&M University.


Kurt Polzin
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