Automated Mapping of Surface Oil Spill: Surface Physics and Remote Sensing Associated with Movement and Identification of a Slick

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida State University

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: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research Environmental Research Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Air-Sea Interactions

Project Description

Techniques will be developed to identify the boundaries of surface slicks from satellite scatterometers and to better model the transport of surface oil. Satellite observations alone are often too sparse in time and irregular in space to determine the location of surface oil with the fine resolution in both space and time desired for many applications; and models of surface transport have substantial errors. These approaches, which are interconnected through physics of air/sea interaction, will be combined to improve our ability to properly locate evolving oil spills.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Brigham Young University

Project ID: 95
Project Name: Automated Mapping of Surface Oil Spill: Surface Physics and Remote Sensing Associated with Movement and Identification of a Slick
SourceUID: 85
Latitude: 30.44443235
Longitude: -84.30180269
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, UT
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s): Oil System Safety Research
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Air-Sea Interactions
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: Florida State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Mark Allen Bourassa
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 850-645-4788
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Brigham Young University
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : 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
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 349314
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 : 349314
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0