Miami Beach – Computational scientists, physical oceanographers, and mathematicians from around the world converged on the Shelborne Hotel for the 5th Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics (LAPCOD) meeting on June 11-15, 2012.
The meeting played host to 61 scientists and 10 graduate students whose research includes analyzing, modeling, assimilating, understanding, and predicting ocean and coastal currents using state of the art computers to better understand transport and dispersion in fluids.
The LAPCOD V meeting was very productive with everyone sharing their latest ideas, new algorithms, and data for advancing our knowledge of how the ocean works and how to improve our modeling of oil spills. – Professor Arthur J. Mariano
Fifty-one talks, including three tutorials, were presented during the five days of sessions covering topics such as Oil Spill Modeling and Lagrangian Prediction; Biological, Chemical, and Ecosystem Applications; Dispersion and Transport Theory; Lagrangian Observations and Instruments; and the Future of Lagrangian Exploration, Research, and Experiments with a focus on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The LAPCOD V meeting program provides the full agenda as well as paper abstracts.
The city of Miami Beach proclaimed June 11th as LAPCOD day in honor of the meeting with a proclamation by City of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, acknowledging the “active participation in cutting edge international scientific research that focuses on modeling and predicting oil spills,” recognizing the importance of this research for coastal communities, including Miami Beach.
LAPCOD V was organized by the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) (http://www.carthe.org/) funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The GoMRI is a 10-year, $500 million independent research program established by an agreement between BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident and the potential associated impact of this and similar incidents on the environment and public health.