Drift Away with Bob!

Meet Bob the Drifter, a specially designed tool used by CARTHE scientists to track where ocean currents take spilled pollutants, people, and larval lobster at sea. In this new Waterlust video, Bob is equipped with a GPS unit as he drifts along Gulf of Mexico ocean currents for CARTHE scientists to track where he goes and how fast he is moving.

Bob is one of the many important devises that collect data for CARTHE, the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment.  CARTHE studies ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico to help predict where oil or other toxins may go in the event of a future spill.  This same data can be used to predict the location of people lost at sea and how far larval animals may travel before they settle.

The CARTHE team is based at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).  It is comprised of over forty scientific researchers, postdocs, students and administrative staff from fourteen universities and research institutions.

The key to solving tomorrow’s spill-related problems lies in the research CARTHE is conducting today.  To learn more about CARTHE research, visit www.CARTHE.org.

— RSMAS Communications Team

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CARTHE Kicks-Off Deepwater Horizon Investigation

Researchers from around the country came together at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove, Fla. this week to kick off the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE). The GoMRI Research Board was an independent body established by BP to administer the company’s 10-year, $500 million commitment to independent research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor Tamay Özgökmen and lead Director of CARTHE initiative address the crowd.

The goal of CARTHE is to develop and improve computational tools to accurately predict the fate of hydrocarbons found in crude oil that are released into the environment, and help to guide risk management and response efforts in mitigation and restoration of the economy and the ecosystem in situations like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Director of CARTHE initiative is UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor Tamay Özgökmen, who hosted the meeting.

Twelve universities and research institutions distributed across four Gulf States and in four other states are represented on CARTHE. Chuck Wilson, GRI Chief Science Officer and Kevin Shaw, the Program Manager for the project attended the meeting, and were joined by 65 oceanographic modelers, observational scientists, biologist and chemists. The group shared presentations, participated in plenary sessions, and met in breakout groups.

Twelve universities and research institutions distributed across four Gulf States and in four other states are represented on CARTHE

The effort of CARTHE is complementary to that by seven other consortia in perhaps the largest coordinated oceanographic research effort in recent decades. CARTHE meeting was very productive, with plans being refined on how to peace together a series of hydrodynamic model to span an unprecedented range of spatio-temporal scales of motion in the ocean, and on how to carry out the largest dispersion experiment to be ever conducted in the ocean.

In addition to Özgökmen, the University of Miami has 12 principal investigators on the project, Drs. Shuyi Chen, Mark Donelan, Annalisa Griffa, Brian Haus, Angelique Haza, Mohamed Iskandarani, Arthur Mariano, Josefina Olascoaga, Ad Reniers, Ashwanth Shrinivasan, Ge-Cheng Zha, and Javier Beron-Vera.

Barbra Gonzalez
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