07 July 2010

SOEST animation predicts gulf oil spill after 360 days

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has released a video animation predicting the longterm fate of the BP oil spill.

Assuming that the oil flow is capped on September 17, and estimating that 50,000 barrels of oil per day will have been released continuously since the April 20th Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the animation paints a devastating picture of the southern and eastern coastlines of the United States.

The research for the animation was supported by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), NASA, and NOAA.

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