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Automated Mapping of Surface Oil Spill: Surface Physics and Remote Sensing Associated with Movement and Identification of a Slick

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Florida 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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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Techniques will be developed to identify the boundaries of surface slicks from satellite scatterometers and to better model the transport of surface oil. Satellite observations alone are often too sparse in time and irregular in space to determine the location of surface oil with the fine resolution in both space and time desired for many applications; and models of surface transport have substantial errors. These approaches, which are interconnected through physics of air/sea interaction, will be combined to improve our ability to properly locate evolving oil spills.


Mark Allen Bourassa
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