Oil Spill and Ocean Observations Resources:
Many of ATI instructors and students are interested in the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. NASA is using remote sensing to track the spill. Oceanographers are using gliders to make measurements. Here are some useful links.
Rutgers University has a new IOOS-Oil Spill Website: http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/deepwater/ that includes a blog with daily updates of assets in the water. “May 25: It has been a busy day in the Gulf. Many teams are joining the effort, and the effort represents the largest and most distributed ocean glider effort in history. While there is a lot of effort, the highest priority is remain outside the operations of BP as it tries sealing the leak tomorrow… Also received input that NAVO has launched 2 Seagliders and drifters in the last few days. We also received an update from Breck Owens (WHOI) and Dan Rudnick (Scripps) are joining the effort… The second Rutgers glider and the University of Delaware glider should be shipped out tomorrow to the Mote team for deployment. We also got a late day update from the Mote team where the glider “Waldo” was launched late today and the data will be flowing the web sites. Data updates to follow tomorrow. For the Rutgers IOOS glider it continues heading offhsore. The two layer system shows a highly stratfied system. Interestingly we see chlorophyll increasing in the offshore bottom waters.7 “[sic]
The website also provides Google Earth KMZs – gliders, satellites, hf-radar, models. For example see the HYCOM Forecast of SSH, SST, Surface Salinity and Density with Currents – Data Provided Courtesy of the HYCOM Consortium
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