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Understanding the next oil spill

Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment

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CARTHE is a research team dedicated to predicting the fate of oil released into our environment to help inform and guide response teams, thereby protecting and minimizing damage to human health, the economy, and the environment.

How CARTHE works

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Using drones in oil spill research


By cartheblog on October 9, 2014 The use of drones during the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment (SCOPE) helped scientists from CARTHE study how oil moves from offshore onto our beaches! This is an innovate approach to a complex problem with powerful results. Check out this Waterlust film to learn how we did it! Read […]

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Grad Student Laxague is Making Waves Using Sea-surface Ripples to Detect Oil


(GoMRI News) Nathan Laxague studies a small-scale subject matter that has potentially large-scale applications. Capillary waves – or ripples – on the ocean surface can indicate the presence of a film or oil slick on the water’s surface, making them “an important link in the chain of oil spill response.” Nathan is a physics Ph.D. […]

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Research Looks at How Oil and Water Mix in Gulf Waters in Spill Aftermath

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(Texas A&M University) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Studying the turbulence in Gulf waters is helping researchers understand how oil and water mix in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico – data that will come in handy during the aftermath of an oil spill. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student, Jonathan Zikos, a senior environmental chemistry […]

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