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Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment

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As part of the Gulf Of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), a group of researchers within CARTHE executed a nearshore field experiment to describe the cross-shore exchange of material between the inner shelf and the surf zone.  How do oil and other toxins move from the Gulf of Mexico onto the beaches of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas?

Dr. Ad Reniers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Dr. Jamie MacMahan at the Naval Postgraduate School were the lead scientists conducting this experiment inDecember 2013, at John Beasley Park, Okaloosa Island, FL.

In addition to the 30+ scientists involved in this 3 week long experiment, the CARTHE outreach team has charged nearly 200 high school students with designing and building the next great drifters!  To learn more about this program, please visit our Outreach Page.