Synthesis of the Physical Processes in Subsea Bubble Plume to Connect Natural Seeps and Oil Spills


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Texas A&M University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States

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

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research Chemical Aspects Research Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Hydrocarbon Seeps and Chemosynthetic Communities Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Natural seeps have been widely used as a proxy in studying oil spills, due to its similar nature to subsea oil spills, i.e., both are hydrocarbon release events in the oceanic environment. However, the physical processes between these two events are not exactly the same, owning to the significant difference of release rate that results in different regimes of characteristic plume scale. As such, understanding the difference and connection between them is critical to appropriately transfer the knowledge of natural seeps to the oil spills. The foremost difference of the fundamental physics between natural seeps and oil spills is the mechanism of ambient water entrainment. The entrainment determines both hydrodynamics and thermodynamics in the plume. This proposed work is an integrated effort, synthesizing existing laboratory and field data obtained from the previously funded GISR consortium, with the purpose to understand the physical processes of multiphase plume under a wide range of release conditions. This studyis main objective is to understand and to quantify the difference and connection of the multiphase plumes for small and large release rates, particularly, natural seeps and oil spills.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

University of Missouri


Project ID: 1042
Project Name: Synthesis of the Physical Processes in Subsea Bubble Plume to Connect Natural Seeps and Oil Spills
SourceUID: 313
Latitude: 0
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: MO, TX
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
Targeted Resource(s): Hydrocarbon Seeps and Chemosynthetic Communities
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: Texas A&M University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Steven F. DiMarco
Point of Contact – Phone: sdimarco@tamu.edu
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Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Missouri
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=313
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 671806
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 : 671806
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0