Effects of Mesoscale Eddies on Three-Dimensional Oil Dispersion: Data Integration, Interpretation and Implications for Oil Spill Models


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Florida

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Florida

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

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Pelagic Zone Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The major objective of this proposal is to analyze, understand and quantify the roles of mesoscale eddies in the three-dimensional dispersal of subsurface materials. This will be achieved through three specific goals: 1) Characterize and quantify the subsurface impacts of mesoscale eddies in the GoM by synthesizing and analyzing multiple streams of data sets (e.g., satellite altimetry, historical in-situ deep-ocean current measurements); 2) Evaluate the existing state-of-the-art GoM circulation/oil tracking models (a synthesis of existing products within previous and ongoing research effort during RFP I to V) by focusing on the relationships between surface mesoscale features and subsurface currents and vertical mixing (if available); 3) Produce a semi-empirical formula to present the subsurface impacts of mesoscale eddies; conduct sensitivity experiments showing the impacts of this new formula in modifying the trajectory predictions with the existing GoM models.

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Project ID: 1049
Project Name: Effects of Mesoscale Eddies on Three-Dimensional Oil Dispersion: Data Integration, Interpretation and Implications for Oil Spill Models
SourceUID: 320
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Pelagic Zone
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: University of South Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Xinfeng Liang
Point of Contact – Phone: liang@usf.edu
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Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=320
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 547914
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 : 547914
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0