Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Funding Source: Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science Consortium

Project Overview

Development of High-Fidelity Lagrangian Tracking Module for Oceanic Dispersion-Sedimentation Predictions

Principal Investigator
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Chemical and Materials Engineering


The objective of this study is to develop an efficient high-fidelity Lagrangian tracking module to be implemented in Eulerian-based ocean circulation and CFD-based numerical models to predict the motion of a large number of seeded particles. Fundamental processes governing the transport of oil and its dynamical fate (advection, multi-component evaporation, sinking, etc.) will also be addressed and parameterized. This study sets up a fundamental framework to achieve long-term goal of developing an operational oil-slick transport simulation forced with ocean circulation and sea-air interaction.

This research was made possible by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.