Smithsonian Highlights Technology that Tracks the Ocean’s Flow
– JUNE 20, 2019
Many factors affect how the ocean moves, and it is especially difficult to know exactly how it will behave in a specific area, as was evident with challenges in predicting oil transport during Deepwater Horizon. The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal published an article that describes tools scientists use to track currents on and just beneath the ocean’s surface, such as drifters, autonomous underwater vehicles, planes, and video equipment attached to ship-tethered balloons and drones.
Read the article Five Methods For Tracking The Ocean’s Motion featuring the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE). Their research is helping us learn more about how currents and waves move water and floating material (such as spilled oil and plastics).
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