Contact: Kyra Wiens
Naval Research Laboratory
Caption: Dr. Jason Jolliff's hindcasts, following the Deepwater Horizon blowout, show the Gulf's Loop Current pinched itself off in a closed eddy. The natural weathering of oil, as he modeled with a decay constant, also explains why Florida beaches weren't harmed. "When we look at oceanographic problems, we have to understand the scales of time and space we're dealing with," he says.
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