Topographical map with yellow bar showing the narrow section of the Straights of Florida that forms a bottleneck for the Florida Current (Image: IPRC/SOEST/UHM)
The computer animation's prediction of the oil spill after 72 days - July 2nd 2010 (Image: IPRC/SOEST/UHM)
The computer animation's prediction of the oil spill after 360 days - April 15 2011 (Image: IPRC/SOEST/UHM)
With oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig continuing to spew into the Gulf of Mexico researchers from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have produced an animated computer simulation that shows the potential spread of the oil over a period of 360 days from when the spill started. To calculate the particle dispersal the researchers used ocean flow data from simulations conducted with the high-resolution Ocean General Circulation Model for the Earth Simulator (OFES).
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