The Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment (SCOPE) is a large nearshore field experiment being executed on a public beach in the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Destin. Our scientists are using drifters, dye, helicopters, drones, and various oceanographic and atmospheric sensors. Needless to say, we draw attention from the locals. For this reason, as well as the need to educate the general public about our research, we invited the media to come learn about this project.
On our first day of drifter deployment, we were visited by local ABC station WEAR, who interviewed SCOPE lead scientists, Ad Reniers and Jamie McMahan. Resulting press: http://carthe.org/bp-oil-spill-study/
A week into the experiment, December 10th, we hosted a SCOPE Media Day, featuring GoMRI research board member Chuck Wilson, CARTHE director Tamay Ozgokmen, SCOPE lead scientists Ad Reniers and Jamie McMahan, TV host Gary Finch, County Park Manager James Puckett, and local sheriffs. Several local media programs attended, listened as our scientists explained the elaborate experiment in progress, and shared the interviews with their audience! CARTHE is passionate about sharing our research with the world so we appreciate the individuals that spent the day with us and took time to communicate this information to the public.
A sample of the resulting press:
Northwest Florida Daily News – http://carthe.org/research-team-sets-up-study-in-the-gulf/
WJHG NBC Channel 7 – http://carthe.org/university-of-miami-research-group-is-part-of-10-year-program/
The News Herald – http://carthe.org/research-team-studies-local-currents/