A realistic regional ocean model is used to investigate the
Gulf of Mexico circulation and 3-dimensional distrubtion and age of oil
released by the BP Deepwater Horizon well. Circulation simulations are
performed by SABGOM, a ROMS model of the Gulf of Mexico and South
Atlantic Bight for the time period of this oil spill. Modeled ocean
states are gauged against in-situ observations, including ship
CTD, glider transects, AXBT profiles, drifter trajectories, and HF Radar
surface currents. Along with circulation prediction, Eulerian tracers
were used to simulate the dispersion and age of oil plume over time.
The plume prediction and its skill assessment against subsurface
dissolved oxygen anomaly observations (as the proxy of oil plume) will
be presented and discussed.
Dr. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida in 2002. He was a postdoctoral scholar and then an assistant scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 2003 to 2006, before he joined North Carolina State University as an associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. He's research interests include coastal circulation dynamics, numerical modeling and data assimilation, bio-physical interactions, and satellite oceanography.
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