Transport of Aerosolized Oil Droplets in Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer: Coupling Wind LiDAR Measurements and Large-Eddy Simulations

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Houston

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Texas

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Air-Sea Interactions Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The proposed research aims to develop a numerical tool for thorough predictions of production of aerosolized oil droplets at the sea-air interface, their transport within the marine atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and deposition over a coastal region. The scientific goals of the proposed project are to: 1) understand the role of ABL structure and wave motion on aerosol generation at the sea-air interface; 2) investigate effects of transitioning from the ocean to the coast on aerosol concentration and distribution; 3) develop eddy-diffusivity models for regional meteorology algorithms by avoiding the typical assumption of a flat and homogeneous ocean surface and including a realistic wave motion. This project will be conducted through two interrelated tasks: one LiDAR measurement campaign will be performed in the Galveston area, TX, to generate unprecedented simultaneous and co-located observations of wind speed and aerosol concentration, while high-fidelity wind-wave coupled large eddy simulations (LES) will be performed to investigate aerosol dynamics, and finally reproduce the LiDAR observations.

Project Contact

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Affiliated Institutions

University of Texas at Dallas

Project ID: 1036
Project Name: Transport of Aerosolized Oil Droplets in Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer: Coupling Wind LiDAR Measurements and Large-Eddy Simulations
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: Texas
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Air-Sea Interactions
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: University of Houston
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Giacomo Valerio Iungo
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Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Texas at Dallas
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 334344
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 334344
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0