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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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UM Rosenstiel School Scientists Awarded Over $14 Million to Advance Oil Spill Science

September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 MIAMI – Researchers at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science were awarded $12 million in two research consortium grants from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to support research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the environment. UM Rosenstiel School was the only research […]

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Study Finds Small-Scale Flows Alter Transport Pathways on the Ocean’s Surface

September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017 (GoMRI) Scientists analyzed model simulations of tracer dispersion in a Gulf of Mexico eddy to find out if small-scale flows surrounding the eddy influenced where the tracer went. The researchers observed that the small-scale flows disrupted the eddy’s large-scale flow patterns enough so that 20-50% of the tracer that was entrained in […]

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