A Coordinated Modeling Approach in Support of Oil Spill Tracking

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Florida

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: Florida

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2010

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity Petroleum

Project Description

Ocean circulation modeling groups from University of South Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami are teaming to provide oil spill trajectory modeling in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis. Our starting point consists of an ensemble of six different state of the art models that we have used, either individually or collectively, since the onset of this crisis. With our work presently used in the NOAA Hazmat daily surface oil spill trajectory advisories, the impact and relevance to the gulf oil crisis are clearly demonstrated.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Florida State University, University of Miami

Project ID: 244
Project Name: A Coordinated Modeling Approach in Support of Oil Spill Tracking
SourceUID: 53
Latitude: 28.06118701
Longitude: -82.41485019
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Hillsborough
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Oil System Safety Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: University of South Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Robert Weisberg
Point of Contact – Phone: weisberg@usf.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 727-553-1568
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Florida State University, University of Miami
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=53
Project Comments: None
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Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
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Public Access: None
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 660000
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 : 660000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2010
Award Month: 8
Total Amount Leveraged: 0