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Science at Sea: SPLASH Experiment Improves Predictions for Oil Moving toward Shore

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 (GoMRI) Response decisions during Deepwater Horizon relied on forecasts of where the oil was going and when it would get there. Researchers with the CARTHE consortium have been working to improve the information that goes into making ocean transport forecasts. The group recently completed the last of four field experiments that link […]

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Where Ocean Meets Sky: New NASA Radar Gets a Tryout

June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017 (NASA/JPL) Technology To Benefit Weather and Climate Studies, Maritime Uses Ocean currents and winds form an endless feedback loop: winds blow over the ocean’s surface, creating currents there. At the same time, the hot or cold water in these currents influences the wind’s speed. This delicate dance is crucial to understanding Earth’s […]

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“Drifting in the Gulf” Video Depicts the Trials and Errors of Designing the Perfect Drifter

May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 (GoMRI) The Deepwater Horizon event highlighted the need for more economical and ecofriendly methods to accurately track and study ocean currents. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment II (CARTHE II) spent two years testing different structures and materials to develop a practical, cost-efficient, and […]

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Study Investigates Influence of Hurricanes on Ocean Surface Currents

May 4, 2017

(GoMRI) May 4, 2017 Scientists used GPS data collected from ocean drifters during Hurricane Isaac with a coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean model to better understand how hurricanes affect upper ocean circulation. The researchers found that hurricane-induced Stokes drift (wind-wave-driven water mass transport) created a cyclonic rotational flow to the storm’s left and an anticyclonic rotational flow to […]

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