CARTHE Drifter Study Tracks Oil Near Mississippi Delta Platform Leak

4536The team coordinated with another GoMRI project led by Villy Kourafalou to conduct a unique study that observed oil’s movement using satellites, drones, and surface current drifters to improve how responders monitor and predict oil transport. Researchers focused on an oil platform just offshore the Mississippi Delta and collected unprecedented information about the way Gulf of Mexico fronts created by spreading river waters influence hydrocarbons pathways. The updated oil drift algorithms, which include oil thickness, are expected to greatly improve the ability to monitor and predict oil transport in the event of a future spill.

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