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Funding Source: Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science Consortium

Project Overview

Flow Structures on the Northern Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico Using Drifters and Underway Velocity Profiles

Principal Investigator
University of Florida
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Member Institutions
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), University of Florida, University of South Alabama


The proposed research seeks to describe the transport and fate of contaminants, namely oil and oil-derived substances, in Alabama’s coastal waters. Characterization of transport pathways and estuarine-gulf exchange of mass, momentum, and heat, from the shelf break to the delta, will be achieved through field observations and analysis.  Field observations of circulation, water chemistry, and near-surface transport will be conducted through traditional vessel surveys, and GPS-equipped passive drifter releases.  Collected data will play a crucial role in the development, application, and validation of hydrodynamic modeling by other investigators.

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