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Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record-Breaking Enterprise
At the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the Loop Current (LC), a warm ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), extended to 27.5 o N just south of the rig. The Upper Ocean Dynamics (UOD) Lab at the University of Miami was tasked with measuring the LC properties to understand its dynamics and position during the time of the spill and provide measurements to ocean forecasters aiding in the oil spill disaster at seven to ten day intervals. A NOAA WP-3D aircraft flew nine griddoi:10.1029/2011gm001101 fatcat:47fizotdfvbgfdkj2nopsqx3fm