Ocean Circulation Group
USF College of Marine Science

WFSFCS hindcast and forecast surface trajectories for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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In response to the 4/20/10 explosion at the Macondo well we implemented a hindcast of oil spill trajectories from 5/25/10 to the present time plus a forecast, also updated daily. These are produced by tracking simulated, near surface particles using the model derived velocity fields in time and space with new particles released every three hours to simulate a continual release of oil. The initial locations of drifters are based on satellite remotely sensed oil slick patches which is provided by Dr. Chunming Hu from USF. The black dots are the particle locations and the magenta dots are the patricle paths. The arrows are the wind vectors. The grey lines are the depth contours. Any comments or questions please contact with Drs. Weisberg or Zheng .


The nowcast/forecast system and other analyses/data are research products under development. No warranty is made, expressed or implied, regarding accuracy, or regarding the suitability for any particular application. All rights reserved University of South Florida. Copyright University of South Florida (5/7/2010).

Updated on May 11, 2006

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