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Investigation of the Three Dimensional Eulerian Flow and Resulting Lagrangian Transport Pathways on the Alabama Shelf pathways on the Alabama shelf

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)


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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

During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there was tremendous uncertainty about where to protect or collect oil in order to best use the finite response resources. This was, in part, caused by the lack of understanding of the three dimensional flow field in the central northern Gulf of Mexico and its associated forcing functions. The spatial variability in the forcing functions and resulting flow field will generate dramatically different Lagrangian trajectories of oil based substances depending on their depth and shelf position.


Brian Dzwonkowski
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