Univ. of Miami, CARTHE Among Those Recognized by City of Miami Beach

Heavy-hitters in Langrangian computation in South Florida for meeting to study oil spill

LAPCOD 2012 Miami Beach Commisioner Jerry Libbin presents Dr. Arthur Mariano with proclamation.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — June 15, 2012 — Computational scientists, physical oceanographers, and mathematicians from around the world are participating in the 5th Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics (LAPCOD) meeting at the Shelborne Hotel on Miami Beach this week. The meeting brings together scientists whose research includes analyzing, modeling, assimilating, understanding, and predicting ocean and coastal currents using state of the art computers to better understand transport and dispersion in fluids. The group is focused on studying the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, with the collaboration of the Gulf of Mexico Research Institute’s Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE).

The organization received a proclamation from City of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, where she acknowledged their “active participation in cutting edge international scientific research that focuses on modeling and predicting oil spills,” recognizing the importance of this research for coastal communities, including Miami Beach.

According to Professor Arthur J. Mariano who organized the meeting, “The LAPCOD V meeting has been very productive with everyone sharing their latest ideas, new algorithms, and data for advancing our knowledge of how the ocean works and how to improve our modeling of oil spills. We also honored Professor Tom Rossby on his 75th birthday for his many contributions including designing many of the instruments used to study ocean currents.”

The GoMRI Research Board, which funds CARTHE is 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 ( Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GoMRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications.

2012 LAPCOD Organizing Committee:

Annalisa Griffa Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche (CNR/ISMAR), La Spezia, Italy
Denny Kirwan University of Delaware
Joe LaCasce University of Oslo
Arthur Mariano UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Chair
Anne Molcard University of Toulon, France
Tamay Özgökmen UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and CARTHE Director
Andrew Poje CUNY
Tom Rossby University of Rhode Island
Enrico Zambianchi “Parthenope” University, Napoli, Italy

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