Influence of river induced fronts on hydrocarbon transport

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Miami

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: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Lakes and/or Rivers Petroleum

Project Description

Our objective is to understand, quantify and be able to predict the role of river plume induced fronts and circulation regimes in enhancing, modifying or altering the transport pathways of hydrocarbons, in the presence of complex topography, shelf flows and strong oceanic currents. Strong evidence has emerged that such fronts and currents played a crucial, but poorly understood, role controlling oil pathways in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) during the Deepwater Horizon (DwH) incident. The study area will cover the entire GoM, including the Florida Straits. Two major hypotheses will be examined: a) large river plumes create distinct circulation regimes, separated with strong fronts that are of fundamental importance for hydrocarbon transport; b) accurate estimates of hydrocarbon pathways need to take into account the thickness of oil.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Norwegian Meteorological Institute, University of South Florida, Water Mapping, LLC

Project ID: 506
Project Name: Influence of river induced fronts on hydrocarbon transport
SourceUID: 281
Latitude: 25.732467
Longitude: -80.163044
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Miami-Dade
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Lakes and/or Rivers
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: University of Miami
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Villy Kourafalou
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Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Norwegian Meteorological Institute, University of South Florida, Water Mapping, LLC
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
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Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
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Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
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Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 2220530
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 : 2220530
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0