Dr. James Ledwell, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, embarked on a month long cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on 29 July 2013. The science crew will spend a month aboard the R/V Pelican searching for tracer (trifluoromethyl sulfur pentafluoride, CF¬3SF5) released on an earlier cruise in 2012. The science crew will also collect samples to analyze for oxygen, salinity, temperature, chlorophyll and nutrients. Others will be looking at phytoplankton abundance and searching for the harmful algal bloom species: Karenia brevis using the Imaging Flow Cytobot. One student from Dr. Ledwell's group, Luz Areli Zarate, will chronicle her experience in this blog. We hope you enjoy reading about the cruise from a student's perspective.
Five Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) consortia quickly responded to the Hercules Gas Blowout by organizing a Rapid Response team that traveled from Cocodrie, Louisiana to the blowout site to gather valueable data. The Rapid Response Team was comprised of members of GISR as well as ECOGIG, CWC, CARTHE and C-IMAGE. To find out more about this Rapid Response, read more.
Three animations were developed to show surface salinity, surface temperature and water level variability over the course of three years in Galveston Bay produced with output from the SUNTANS three-dimensional hydrodynamic model. This model was set up to hindcast the estuarine circulation in the bay.