New Video Highlights CARTHE Efforts To Improve Our Understanding Deepwater Horizon Incident


MIAMI – April 25, 2013 – A new video released by the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE), a project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), highlights some of the team's field work at sea and the interconnected modeling systems currently being studied.  The six-minute piece features many of the colorful model animations, and the information being painstakingly studied in order to improve how and where emergency responders are deployed in the event of future spills or at-sea emergencies.

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The film also highlights an unprecedented three-week expedition aboard the R/V Walton Smith in the Gulf of Mexico to understand how surface ocean currents near the site of the Deepwater Horizon influence the fate and transport of oil/dispersants, like those from the 2010 spill. This marked the first time that a study of this magnitude, where more than 300 custom-made buoys known as "drifters" were released and five million points of information were collected.

Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Dr. Tamay Ӧzgökmen, Director of CARTHE and UM Professor, Dr. Margaret Leinen, Research Board Vice Chair of GoMRI, and Dr. Charles Wilson, Chief Scientific Officer of GoMRI appear in the film.  The film was produced by Ali Habashi, Director of UM's Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies.  It was written by Habashi amd Christina Delphus.

The CARTHE program includes twenty-eight principal investigators from fourteen research institutions in eight states. Together these scientists are engaged in novel research through the development of a suite of integrated models and state-of-the-art computations that bridge the scale gap between existing models and natural processes. For more information about CARTHE, please visit or like us on Facebook at

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