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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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Grad Student Wang Quantifies Ocean Model Uncertainty to Improve Prediction Accuracy

September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017 Researchers use numerical models to simulate oil spill scenarios and predict where oil will go, but the many factors that affect the oil’s path creates uncertainty in the predictions. Shitao Wang quantifies the uncertainty of ocean models to gauge the reliability of oil fate predictions. “It’s like a weather prediction. Instead of […]

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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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