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Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record Breaking Enterprise, Volume 195

Yonggang Liu (Editor), Amy MacFadyen (Editor), Zhen-Gang Ji (Editor), Robert H. Weisberg (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-87590-485-6
271 pages
January 2011, American Geophysical Union
Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record Breaking Enterprise, Volume 195 (0875904858) cover image
Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 195.

Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record-Breaking Enterprise presents an overview of some of the significant work that was conducted in immediate response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. It includes studies of in situ and remotely sensed observations and laboratory and numerical model studies on the four-dimensional oceanographic conditions in the gulf and their influence on the distribution and fate of the discharged oil. Highlights of the book include discussions of the following: immediate responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using Integrated Ocean Observing System resources; monitoring the surface and subsurface oil using satellites, aircraft, vessels, and AUVs; mapping the oceanographic conditions using satellites, aircraft, vessels, drifters, and moorings; modeling the spreading of surface oil trajectories and the three-dimensional dispersal of subsurface hydrocarbon plumes; oil spill risk analyses and statistical studies on the fate of the oil; and laboratory investigation of ocean stratification related to subsurface plumes. This book will be of value to scientists interested in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico, and the potential for conveyance of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico to the North Atlantic. A more technical audience may include those interested in oil spill detection, trajectory model forecasting, and risk analyses and those with an interest in applied oceanography, including scientists, engineers, environmentalists, natural and living marine resource managers and students within academic institutions, agencies, and industries who are involved with the Gulf of Mexico and other regions with offshore oil and gas exploration and production.
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Preface
Yonggang Liu, Amy MacFadyen, Zhen-Gang Ji, and Robert H. Weisberg vii

Introduction to Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Yonggang Liu, Amy MacFadyen, Zhen-Gang Ji, and Robert H. Weisberg 1

NOAA's Satellite Monitoring of Marine Oil
Davida Streett 9

A New RST-Based Approach for Continuous Oil Spill Detection in TIR Range: The Case of the Deepwater Horizon Platform in the Gulf of Mexico
C. S. L. Grimaldi, I. Coviello, T. Lacava, N. Pergola, and V. Tramutoli 19

Studies of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill With the UAVSAR Radar
Cathleen E. Jones, Brent Minchew, Benjamin Holt, and Scott Hensley 33

Absolute Airborne Thermal SST Measurements and Satellite Data Analysis From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
W. S. Good, R. Warden, P. F. Kaptchen, T. Finch, W. J. Emery, and A. Giacomini 51

A High-Resolution Survey of a Deep Hydrocarbon Plume in the Gulf of Mexico During the 2010 Macondo Blowout
J. P. Ryan, Y. Zhang, H. Thomas, E. V. Rienecker, R. K. Nelson, and S. R. Cummings 63

Analyses of Water Samples From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Documentation of the Subsurface Plume
Terry L. Wade, Stephen T. Sweet, José L. Sericano, Norman L. Guinasso Jr., Arne-R. Diercks, Raymond C. Highsmith, Vernon L. Asper, DongJoo Joung, Alan M. Shiller, Steven E. Lohrenz, and Samantha B. Joye 77

Evaluation of Possible Inputs of Oil From the Deepwater Horizon Spill to the Loop Current and Associated Eddies in the Gulf of Mexico
Terry L. Wade, Stephen T. Sweet, John N. Walpert, José L. Sericano, James J. Singer, and Norman L. Guinasso Jr 83

Evolution of the Loop Current System During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Event as Observed With Drifters and Satellites
Yonggang Liu, Robert H. Weisberg, Chuanmin Hu, Charles Kovach, and Rolf Riethmüller 91

Impacts of Loop Current Frontal Cyclonic Eddies and Wind Forcing on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Nan D. Walker, Chet T. Pilley, Vandana V. Raghunathan, Eurico J. D’Sa, Robert R. Leben, Nicholas G. Hoffmann, Peter J. Brickley, Patrice D. Coholan, Neha Sharma, Hans C. Graber, and Raymond E. Turner 103

Loop Current Observations During Spring and Summer of 2010: Description and Historical Perspective
P. Hamilton, K. A. Donohue, R. R. Leben, A. Lugo-Fernández, and R. E. Green 117

Airborne Ocean Surveys of the Loop Current Complex From NOAA WP-3D in Support of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Lynn K. Shay, Benjamin Jaimes, Jodi K. Brewster, Patrick Meyers, E. Claire McCaskill, Eric Uhlhorn, Frank Marks, George R. Halliwell Jr., Ole Martin Smedstad, and Patrick Hogan 131

Trajectory Forecast as a Rapid Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Yonggang Liu, Robert H. Weisberg, Chuanmin Hu, and Lianyuan Zheng 153

Tactical Modeling of Surface Oil Transport During the Deepwater Horizon Spill Response
A. MacFadyen, G. Y. Watabayashi, C. H. Barker, and C. J. Beegle-Krause 167

Surface Drift Predictions of the Deepwater Horizon Spill: The Lagrangian Perspective
Helga S. Huntley, B. L. Lipphardt Jr., and A. D. Kirwan Jr 179

On the Effects of Wave-Induced Drift and Dispersion in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Eugenio Pugliese Carratelli, Fabio Dentale, and Ferdinando Reale 197

Tracking Subsurface Oil in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Well Blowout
Robert H. Weisberg, Lianyuan Zheng, and Yonggang Liu 205

Simulating Oil Droplet Dispersal From the Deepwater Horizon Spill With a Lagrangian Approach
Elizabeth W. North, E. Eric Adams, Zachary Schlag, Christopher R. Sherwood, Ruoying He, Kyung Hoon Hyun, and Scott A. Socolofsky 217

Oil Spill Risk Analysis Model and Its Application to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Using Historical Current and Wind Data
Zhen-Gang Ji, Walter R. Johnson, and Zhen Li 227

A Statistical Outlook for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
C. H. Barker 237

Possible Spreadings of Buoyant Plumes and Local Coastline Sensitivities Using Flow Syntheses From 1992 to 2007
Ross Tulloch, Chris Hill, and Oliver Jahn 245

Subsurface Trapping of Oil Plumes in Stratification: Laboratory Investigations
David Adalsteinsson, Roberto Camassa, Steven Harenberg, Zhi Lin, Richard M. McLaughlin, Keith Mertens, Jonathan Reis, William Schlieper, and Brian White 257

AGU Category Index 263

Index 265

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