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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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Study Characterizes Dissolved Organic Carbon Cycling in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

March 20, 2018 Researchers analyzed dissolved organic carbon from water column samples collected in five regions to establish baseline data about its relative persistence and cycling in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The team found that the Mississippi River exports large amounts of dissolved organic carbon with an anthropogenic 14C signature, which is removed and […]

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UM Scientists Develop Eco-Friendly Ocean Instruments for Oil Spill Research

March 14, 2018 New studies detail the design and deployment of biodegradable ocean drifter for large-scale sampling experiments MIAMI—Studying small-scale ocean currents is important to understand how pollutants like oil and micro-plastics, or tiny sea creatures like plankton, travel in the world’s oceans. One research team has developed a new biodegradable drifter instrument to study […]

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Scientists Watch Ocean Plastic Hotspots Form in Real Time

Feb. 6, 2018 by Erica Cirino Researchers tracked hundreds of buoys deployed in the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did the buoys not spread out – many concentrated into an area the size of a football stadium. The findings may help scientists pinpoint areas for plastic or oil-spill cleanup. I was at the wheel of […]

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