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University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Custom-Made Drifters Aboard the R/V Walton Smith

Caption: Scientists aboard the Univeristy of Miami's R/V Walton Smith in the Gulf of Mexico prepare to deploy drifters in to better understand how surface ocean currents near the site of the Deepwater Horizon influence the fate and transport of oil/dispersants, like those from the 2010 spill. This unprecedented three-week expedition marks the first time that a study of this magnitude will map the relatively unknown surface currents found in the Gulf. The project is part of the science being conducted as part of the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment, a project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

Credit: Tamay & Ozokmen

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