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Study Characterizes Dissolved Organic Carbon Cycling in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018 Researchers analyzed dissolved organic carbon from water column samples collected in five regions to establish baseline data about its relative persistence and cycling in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The team found that the Mississippi River exports large amounts of dissolved organic carbon with an anthropogenic 14C signature, which is removed and […]

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UM Scientists Develop Eco-Friendly Ocean Instruments for Oil Spill Research

March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018 New studies detail the design and deployment of biodegradable ocean drifter for large-scale sampling experiments MIAMI—Studying small-scale ocean currents is important to understand how pollutants like oil and micro-plastics, or tiny sea creatures like plankton, travel in the world’s oceans. One research team has developed a new biodegradable drifter instrument to study […]

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Scientists Watch Ocean Plastic Hotspots Form in Real Time

February 6, 2018

Feb. 6, 2018 by Erica Cirino Researchers tracked hundreds of buoys deployed in the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did the buoys not spread out – many concentrated into an area the size of a football stadium. The findings may help scientists pinpoint areas for plastic or oil-spill cleanup. I was at the wheel of […]

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Temporary ‘bathtub drains’ in the ocean concentrate flotsam

January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 by Hannah Hickey An experiment featuring the largest flotilla of sensors ever deployed in a single area provides new insights into how marine debris, or flotsam, moves on the surface of the ocean. white plastic drifter on ship deck The experiment conducted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the […]

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