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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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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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GPS drifters floating around Deepwater Horizon inform future spill response


(Environmental Monitor) By Alex Card on September 2, 2014 When an explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Mississippi in April 2010, the well on the seafloor below gushed oil for 87 days without interruption. A cleanup response desperately attempted to contain the spill, but with limited knowledge of how quickly […]

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Predicting pollution


(University of Delaware) 9:57 a.m., Aug. 22, 2014–Considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, April 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico challenged scientists to think about the way in which oil and other pollutants move in the ocean. Scientists in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment […]

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