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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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Grad Student Lodise Deconstructs Drifter Velocities to Understand How Wind Influences Currents

February 20, 2019 Many ocean forecast models treat the upper 1 meter of the water column, which plays a central role in ocean material transport, as a single layer. However, recent research shows that currents act differently at various depths within this meter. The use of ocean drifters is the oldest way to measure currents, […]

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Grad Student Pearson Resolves Statistical Conflict in Submesoscale Ocean Processes

January 22, 2019 Ocean models that utilize surface drifter data can provide oil spill responders with important information about the floating oil’s direction and speed as it moves along the ocean surface. However, surface drifters, like the floating material they represent, tend to cluster along strong fronts and eddies. This clustering can result in important […]

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Study Detects Drifter Drogue Loss and Produces More Accurate Surface Ocean Transport Data

DECEMBER 20, 2018 Scientists developed a two-stage algorithm that identified the status of drogues attached to ocean drifters deployed during the Lagrangian Submesoscale Experiment (LASER). The LASER field study was hampered by bad weather conditions resulting in 40% of drifters losing their drogues, which caused them to move differently than drifters with drogues. The first […]

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