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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 Documents How Riverine Fronts Influence Oil Transport Pathways

September 11, 2018 Scientists used drifters, drones, satellite imagery, and air/water measurements to investigate how local and regional ocean processes in the Gulf of Mexico influence where surface oil from the leaking Taylor Energy Site travels. The multiplatform observations documented three distinct transport pathways created by fronts, which developed from strong density differences between brackish […]

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Study Describes Design and Testing of an Effective Biodegradable Ocean Drifter

July 10, 2018 Study author Guillaume Novelli deploys the eco-friendly CARTHE drifters, which are designed to measure shallow-depth surface currents. Scientists detailed how they designed and tested an ocean drifter that tracks and measures shallow-depth (0.60 m) surface currents. The final version, called the CARTHE drifter, is made from a polymer produced by bacteria fed […]

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Study Finds Currents One Centimeter Below Ocean’s Surface Greatly Affect Material Transport

June 14, 2018 Current magnitudes are shows at depts. Of (A) 10 m, (B) 1 meter, and (C) 0.05 m. Green dashed lines indicate the “zooming in” progression from A to C. From figure 2 in the study, provided by Nathan Laxague. Researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind measurement of the vertical dynamics of water motion near […]

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