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Study Tests STARRS Imaging of Short-Lived Small-Scale Dispersion on Ocean’s Surface

August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019 Researchers described field methods and observations using the Ship-Tethered Aerostat Remote Sensing System (STARSS) to better understand how buoyant material moves and disperses on the ocean’s surface. Using algorithms based on geo-rectified imagery, the STARSS successfully quantified small-scale and high-frequency surface dispersion in an open-ocean environment and improved observational diffusivity estimates in […]

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Study Provides New Way of Looking at Energy Exchange at the Air-Sea Boundary Layer

August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019 Scientists assessed the dynamics of heat and momentum exchange between the ocean and atmosphere to better understand how these factors influence Gulf of Mexico circulation. Specifically, they investigated how these factors constrained the heat dissipation rate (energy transferred to the atmosphere) in non-hurricane conditions during a month-long field experiment studying ocean transport […]

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PNAS Writer Follows Scientists Seeking to Answer, Did Sub-Sea Dispersants Work?

July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019 Scientist and author M. Mitchell Waldrop accompanied researchers, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, as they conducted the largest experimental simulation to-date of the Deepwater Horizon oil intrusion. The researchers are hoping to provide solid science on dispersant effectiveness so that more informed decisions can be made when the next […]

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Study Improves Drifter-Based Estimates of Near-Surface Ocean Currents

July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019 Using 40 years of observations from the NOAA’s Global Drifter Program Array, the authors depict the annual mean speed of ocean currents at 15 meters depth. The vectors highlight the general direction of the large-scale circulation. Image provided by Lucas Laurindo, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Scientists […]

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