News Articles with Category: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of court

October 2, 2012 - via Science Oil spill researchers have their preliminary data subpoenaed by BP.

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WHOI Scientists Contribute to Study on Impact to Coral Communities from Deepwater Horizon Spill

March 26, 2012 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute “These corals exhibited varying levels of stress, from bare skeleton, tissue loss, to excess mucous production, all associated with a covering of brown flocculent material,” said Tim Shank, a WHOI biologist and an expert in life in the deep ocean.

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Up From the Seafloor Came a Bubbling Brew

September 6, 2011 - via Ocean News and Technology Scientists use a novel method to measure rate of Deepwater Horizon oil spewing into the Gulf

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Develops Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Website

May 9, 2011 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Science in a Time of Crisis is a multimedia presentation featuring scientists and engineers who continued the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution legacy of oil spill research by providing an objective insight into the immediate and potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Troubled waters

February 11, 2011 - via University of Sydney In the weeks following the spill, Dr Michael Jakuba, an engineering postdoctoral fellow from the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics, joined a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to investigate the sub-sea plume, and to map and confirm its origin.

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New Deepwater Horizon Archive

January 8, 2011 - via NOAA National Ocean Service Last week, NOAA unveiled a new web archive of the maps, wildlife reports, scientific reports and other previously released public information during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The site is intended to serve as a learning tool and resource for scientists, students and historians of all backgrounds.

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WHOI Website Will Take Viewers Deep into the Gulf

December 3, 2010 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute It may take years before scientists determine the full impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But, utilizing the human-occupied submersible Alvin and the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry, researchers are about to investigate—and view first-hand—the possible effects of the spill at the bottom of the Gulf.

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Robots of the Gulf Spill: Fishlike Subs, Smart Torpedoes

October 26, 2010 - via National Geographic News Deciphering the unseen, underwater effects of the Gulf oil spill.

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Environmental Forensics for BP Gulf Spill

September 2, 2010 - via IPS Inter Press Service The specialised equipment, ordinarily used to measure the number of plankton suspended in ocean water, or to search for hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, is now being used to study the fate of the five million barrels of petroleum (about 758 million litres) that spilled into the Gulf after the Deepwater rig exploded Apr. 20.

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West Deer laboratory's device maps submerged oil in Gulf

August 27, 2010 - via PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW A 22-mile-long plume of hydrocarbons floating 3,700 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico -- remnants of the BP oil spill -- was discovered by scientists using an monitoring device developed by a laboratory in West Deer.

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What We Learned From Waldo: Our Florida Keys Oil-Seeking Robot Ends His Run

August 20, 2010 - via NRDC Switchboard Thankfully, the best thing about Waldo’s run is what we didn’t find – oil. Waldo didn’t turn up any strong indications of oil on the continental shelf to the north and northwest of the Florida Keys during this run.

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Extent of lingering Gulf oil plume revealed

August 19, 2010 - via Nature.com Extensive chemical analysis confirms that undegraded oil remains at ocean depths.

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WHOI Scientists Map and Confirm Origin of Large, Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume in Gulf

August 19, 2010 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons that is at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography team's project assisting with Gulf monitoring

August 17, 2010 - via La Jolla Light Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists are doing their part to aid in the Gulf oil spill crisis, deploying state-of-the-art "gliders" to track oil content and flow.

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Learning From Mexican Spill, Researchers Fight for Funds

August 9, 2010 - via Wall Street Journal Scientists studying one of the biggest oil spills 31 years ago watched with alarm as funds to research the environmental damage evaporated shortly after the well was plugged.

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Mote Marine seeks long-term role in oil spill research

August 2, 2010 - via HeraldTribune The agency held an emergency meeting within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sinking and scientists soon were gathering samples and deploying oil-detecting robots.

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Oil-seeking robot is deployed off Keys

July 22, 2010 - via Fort Meyers Beach Talk Mote Marine Laboratory, in collaboration with Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana, has launched an oil-detecting underwater robot off the Florida Keys as a first line of defense against underwater oil plumes from the Gulf oil disaster

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Where will spilled Gulf oil go? Three months later, officials and residents are still asking

July 18, 2010 - via Palm Beach Post The handful that have been deployed are a drop in the bucket, compared with what's needed in the vast Gulf, researchers say. When the Deepwater rig exploded April 20 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, coastal residents, fishermen and environmental agencies needed to know one thing: Where would the oil go?

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UUVs deployed on repair and reconnaissance missions in the Gulf

July 16, 2010 - via AUVSI Unmanned maritime systems have made several technological advances in recent years and the BP oil spill is proving how valuable and effective those systems are for disaster relief efforts. In addition to disaster relief there are many uses for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that are making an impact on our world today.

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Undersea robot aims for 3-D image of BP oil plume

June 16, 2010 - via Reuters The technology that we're bringing to bear is perhaps more suited to interrogate the size, shape and chemical composition of those plumes than what traditional oceanographers have been using," Reddy said by telephone from St. Petersburg, Florida. The robot, called Sentry, can be put over the side of a research vessel for 14 to 18 hours at a time, with a mass spectrometer that can "sniff for oil.

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Woods Hole Oil Spills Summary Page

June 15, 2010 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute WHOI has a long history of studying marine oil spills and related environmental impacts. Every spill is different in terms of its location, the physical habitat, affected species, and change over time, but WHOI brings a unique combination of scientific knowledge and technical expertise to meet the challenges posed by even the most difficult of spills.

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Deep-Sea Robots Face Big Test In Battle To Stop Gulf Oil Leak

June 11, 2010 - via Investor's Business Daily Analysts say the crisis will spur calls for more advanced, next-generation deep-sea robots to help fight future oil disasters. These machines will be packed with more computing power. Some may be shaped like sea animals to make them more maneuverable. And some will be independent of direct human control — able to make autonomous decisions.

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University of Delaware robot scours sea for signs of oil

June 9, 2010 - via The News Journal The Blue Hen is part of a larger effort mounted by Mote, government agencies and universities as the oil approaches marine ecosystems surrounding Florida. The mission highlights some particular challenges created by the country's worst oil spill, gushing about a mile underwater: Researchers have developed most tracking, containment and environmental mitigation techniques for surface oil spills.

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Underwater Drones from iRobot Helping Monitor Gulf Oil Spill

June 9, 2010 - via Singularity Hub Current Seagliders in the Gulf are tracking temperture, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and presence of organic compounds (oil). Data analysis and technical support is being handled by Vernon Asper of the University of Southern Mississippi and Craig Lee of the University of Washington. Seaglider data may prove to be a valuable asset in dealing with the ongoing environmental crisis in the Gulf.

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Teledyne Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Assist Efforts in the Gulf of Mexico

June 9, 2010 - via Business Wire Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced today the deployment of several of its Slocum gliders in the Gulf of Mexico by partner organizations. The Slocum gliders, manufactured by Teledyne Webb Research, are monitoring the waters off the West coast of Florida, sending vital data back to scientists in real time. The gliders are looking for evidence of oil or dispersants in the water, as well as measuring ocean currents to help determine the direction and speed of movement of the oil spill plume. Additional Slocum gliders are planned for deployment in the next seven to ten days.

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Aquarium team helps with oil spill analysis

June 7, 2010 - via KGO TV A team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has just returned from a research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. The Moss Landing-based MBARI team used its highly specialized autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to survey and sample gulf waters. The AUV is called "The Gulper" because it has 10 samplers on board that can collect water from deep in the ocean.

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URI’s research vessel Endeavor has a role in scientific response to Gulf oil disaster

June 4, 2010 - via Providence Journal Sentry is designed to operate in deep water and take a variety of measurements as well as digital photographs. It has also been equipped with an underwater mass spectrometer designed to detect chemicals, such as oil, in seawater.

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Mote's submarine oil hunter hits glitch

June 2, 2010 - via Bradenton Herald Waldo, one of Mote Marine Laboratory's underwater robots searching for spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, is being replaced after a communications problem. So far, none of Mote's oil hunters have detected oil.

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Gulper and SIPPER among oil spill study tools

June 1, 2010 - via Associated Press The eight-day research cruise began Thursday. It will take weeks after the ship returns to Pascagoula to analyze much of the data. Other information from this cruise - and others going on in the Gulf - will be used to decide just where the Gordon Gunter goes.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography chips in to help study Gulf oil spill

May 28, 2010 - via San Diego News Network The glider, also called Spray, that Scripps is sending to the Gulf Coast was scheduled to be deployed in the Pacific to study the effects of climate on California’s coast — but, said Scripps oceanographer Daniel Rudnick, in “national interest” the Scripps team is redirecting it to the Gulf.

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Navy joins effort to track moving oil slick in the Gulf

May 28, 2010 - via Nextgov.com To support the federal response to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Naval Oceanographic Office has deployed sensor systems to monitor surface currents and measure physical properties of the deeper Gulf waters to better analyze the disbursement of the millions of barrels of oil that has poured into the environment.

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MBARI sends underwater robot to study Deepwater Horizon spill

May 28, 2010 - via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute The MBARI AUV is being deployed from the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Gordon Gunter departed from shore on Thursday, May 27th. The AUV was launched into the waters of the Gulf for the first time this morning (May 28, 2010).

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Ship gets oil research mission

May 26, 2010 - via Biloxi Sun Herald A new piece of equipment that will allow the crew to collect water samples and other data at various depths is the autonomous underwater vehicle from Monterey Bay Research Institute in California. It has been modified to collect 10 water samples each time it is sent underwater. The ship has labs on board where the samples are processed.

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UD, DBI join effort to track Gulf of Mexico oil spill

May 26, 2010 - via University of Delaware U Daily UD's contribution to the DeepWater Horizon Response is the processing of real-time data of sea surface temperatures, as well as the deployment of an autonomous underwater vehicle called a Slocum Electric Glider (Glider). This work is possible through funding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and through the Delaware Sea Grant program at UD.

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