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  • oil spill
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • observations
  • numerical models
  • marine pollution

Index Terms

  • 4251 Oceanography: General: Marine pollution
  • 4262 Oceanography: General: Ocean observing systems
  • 4255 Oceanography: General: Numerical modeling
  • 4223 Oceanography: General: Descriptive and regional oceanography



Introduction to Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Yonggang Liu

College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Amy MacFadyen

Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, Washington, USA

Zhen-Gang Ji

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Herndon, Virginia, USA

Robert H. Weisberg

College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

In response to the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists from the operational response agencies, the academic community, and the private sector employed the oil spill detection technologies and ocean-observing and modeling resources to map the discharged hydrocarbons and simulated their transport with the aim of aiding mitigation efforts. Numerous types of instruments and sensors were used, many numerical models were applied, and a broad array of scientists were involved. These studies represent a new generation of applied oceanography with a focus on a historical oil spill. Preliminary research results reported in 21 chapters of this book are categorized and summarized.

Citation: Liu, Y., A. MacFadyen, Z.-G. Ji, and R. H. Weisberg (2011), Introduction to monitoring and modeling the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record-Breaking Enterprise, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 195, edited by Y. Liu et al., pp. 1–7, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2011GM001147.


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