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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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