Scientists asked middle school students from the Florida Panhandle to list words that describe the Gulf of Mexico, and the students gave some telling responses. Of course, they frequently used general terms such as “blue,” “salty,” and “wet.” But one specific word landed in the top five: “oily.” In addition to the many positive descriptors about the Gulf – “beautiful,” “tranquil,” and “diverse” – students also shared a number of negative ones —“dangerous,” “polluted,” and “ignored.” Read more...
New Research Illustrates Mississippi River’s Role in Transport of Oil and Pollutants in Gulf of Mexico
A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that the complex circulation from the Mississippi River plume played a substantial role in the transport and fate of the oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident. These findings provide new information on the transport of oil and other pollutants in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...
Scientists at Florida State University are examining the mechanics behind oil transport, including changes to Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and the roughness of surface water that an oil slick could affect. Read more...
IN THE NEWS
FSU Oceanographer, Dr. Nico Wienders, to be featured speaker at December 3 Science Cafe in Tallahassee
(Source: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, November 25, 2013)
Study describes how an oil slick could influence its own movement
(Source: Ocean News and Technology, October 30, 2013)
New Research Illustrates Mississippi River's Role in the Transport and Fate of the Oil Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Incident
(Source: Science Daily, October 23, 2013)
Study: Wave Data Can Improve Forecasts that Help Search and Rescue Operations and Oil Spill Response
(Source: GoMRI, August 26, 2013)