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Study Is First to Examine How Oil and Gas Tumbling Inside Pipe Affects Released Oil Estimations

October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 Scientists analyzed visual observations and computer simulations of the Deepwater Horizon oil flow to better understand the characteristics of an uncontrolled pipeline flow and how they affect the amount of oil discharge and droplet size distribution, which are critical for effective response decisions. The study suggests that spill’s plume was likely not […]

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Study Documents How Riverine Fronts Influence Oil Transport Pathways

September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018 Scientists used drifters, drones, satellite imagery, and air/water measurements to investigate how local and regional ocean processes in the Gulf of Mexico influence where surface oil from the leaking Taylor Energy Site travels. The multiplatform observations documented three distinct transport pathways created by fronts, which developed from strong density differences between brackish […]

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Study Describes Design and Testing of an Effective Biodegradable Ocean Drifter

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 Study author Guillaume Novelli deploys the eco-friendly CARTHE drifters, which are designed to measure shallow-depth surface currents. Scientists detailed how they designed and tested an ocean drifter that tracks and measures shallow-depth (0.60 m) surface currents. The final version, called the CARTHE drifter, is made from a polymer produced by bacteria fed […]

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Study Finds Currents One Centimeter Below Ocean’s Surface Greatly Affect Material Transport

June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 Current magnitudes are shows at depts. Of (A) 10 m, (B) 1 meter, and (C) 0.05 m. Green dashed lines indicate the “zooming in” progression from A to C. From figure 2 in the study, provided by Nathan Laxague. Researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind measurement of the vertical dynamics of water motion near […]

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