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Three-Dimensional Gulf Circulation and Biogeochemical Processes Unveiled by State-of-the-Art Profiling Float Technology and Data Assimilative Ocean Models

Implementing Organization

University of Miami

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$2,828,780

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The goal of this research is to build a rapid response capability that can be deployed in the event of an oil spill. The capability will consist of an integrated observation-prediction system to map the distribution and extent of hydrocarbons in the water column in real time and to quantify hydrocarbon removal and fate including short-term predictions of dispersion induced by the current field and transport of oil to the sea floor through scavenging by marine particles. The prediction system will be evaluated in retrospective assimilation experiments using data from the Deepwater Horizon spill and in forecast experiments that assimilate satellite and float data in real time. Both will demonstrate the system's capability, and improve our understanding of physical mechanisms and their impacts on the biogeochemistry in the water column.

Contact

Lynn K. (Nick) Shay
None
nshay@rsmas.miami.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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