Monthly Archives: April 2014

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories GoMRI Advances Science Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 2803a

Since August 2011, eight research consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) have been working hard to understand impacts from and responses to the Deepwater Horizonincident. Their work represents the efforts of over 1,000 people, including 400 scientists and 275 graduate students, from over 100 national and international institutions. When asked about Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program Adopt a Drifter

Drifters are continually being deployed from ships around the world. They last for approximately 400 days unless they collide with land (like an island) in the ocean, or their batteries fail. Each drifter is assigned a WMO ID # (World Meteorological Organization Identification Number) so the data can be archived. In 2005 the goal to Read More

Student Activities Monitoring Marine Oil Pollution: Using SAR and optical data to detect and track surface oil Envisat MERIS Full Resolution Level 1B image from 29-4-2010.

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is now commonly used for operational oil spill monitoring. During major spills SAR data from different satellites give an overview of the areas affected and provide information on the direction in which surface oil is drifting. SAR is also used to monitor illegal discharges from ship traffic or offshore operations. In Read More

Student Activities Oil, Oil Everywhere Credits: CPALMS.ORG

A Hands-On Activity for Children Ages 4-14 The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion ultimately led to upwards of 5 million barrels (386 Olympic-size swimming pools) of oil saturating the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This event threatened 8 national parks and 400 species and heavily impacted the economic well being of Gulf States. Cleanup of the spill proved to Read More

Student Activities What Drives Ocean Currents? gulf_stream_currents

A Hands-On Activity for Children Ages 10-14 An ocean current is literally the movement of water in the ocean. Oceanic currents are driven by tides, winds, and differences in water density. Density is defined as the number of things, in this instance, molecules, in a certain area. Water density is affected by the number of salt molecules Read More