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Grad Student Lodise Deconstructs Drifter Velocities to Understand How Wind Influences Currents

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019 Many ocean forecast models treat the upper 1 meter of the water column, which plays a central role in ocean material transport, as a single layer. However, recent research shows that currents act differently at various depths within this meter. The use of ocean drifters is the oldest way to measure currents, […]

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Grad Student Pearson Resolves Statistical Conflict in Submesoscale Ocean Processes

January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019 Ocean models that utilize surface drifter data can provide oil spill responders with important information about the floating oil’s direction and speed as it moves along the ocean surface. However, surface drifters, like the floating material they represent, tend to cluster along strong fronts and eddies. This clustering can result in important […]

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Study Detects Drifter Drogue Loss and Produces More Accurate Surface Ocean Transport Data

December 20, 2018

DECEMBER 20, 2018 Scientists developed a two-stage algorithm that identified the status of drogues attached to ocean drifters deployed during the Lagrangian Submesoscale Experiment (LASER). The LASER field study was hampered by bad weather conditions resulting in 40% of drifters losing their drogues, which caused them to move differently than drifters with drogues. The first […]

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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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