On April 20, 2010, following a tragic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, huge amounts of oil at a depth of 1500 m (5000 ft) began spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. From the earliest days of the incident, researchers and experts from disciplines across the University of Miami (UM) have been involved in monitoring the spill and helping to prepare for the long-term consequences of this ecological disaster. This educational site brings together some of the primary research taking place at UM, as well as links to valuable information resources regarding the spill.
Spotlight on the Gulf
The Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science coordinated with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to systematically gather satellite images of the oil spill for the U.S. government. The massive data collection effort used CSTARS’ extensive network of license agreements with over 15 satellite sensors from around the world, marking the historic first-ever use of extensive, sustained (unclassified) remote sensing data to cover an environmental catastrophe. Click here for more details.