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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.

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Scientists Use Oil Spill Research to Track Pollution in Biscayne Bay

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(GoMRI) September 22, 2016 It’s almost like a game of tug-of-war. There are growing numbers of residents, tourists, and industry at one end and the environment where people live, work, and play at the other. When the former increases, the latter is stressed. This scenario plays out all over the world, especially in coastal areas. […]

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Current event: Scientists study trash, pollution flow in Biscayne Bay

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(Miami Herald) September 13, 2016 by Jenny Staletovich In mangroves behind Vizcaya, plastic bottles, tampon applicators and bits of styrofoam regularly get trapped in the tangle of roots as if captured in a storm drain. Out the mouth of the Miami River and across Biscayne Bay on Miami Beach, stormwater flushes human and animal wastes […]

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Rapid Response Study Characterizes Behaviors of Accidental Short-Term Oil Blowouts

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(GoMRI) August 26, 2016 An interdisciplinary scientific team conducted a rapid response sampling campaign in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Hercules 265 blowout to determine if sediment and fish were polluted above established baseline levels. Surface sediments and fish bile analyses suggested that the blowout transported and deposited an increased concentration of Hercules-derived hydrocarbons […]

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