Posted by: reefrescue | May 15, 2010

Oil Enters Loop Current?

Oil Enters Loop Current?

Is the spill headed to Florida’s coral reefs.

The latest imagery suggests the slick may have become entrained in the north end of the Florida Loop Current.

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UPDATED SATURDAY 15 MAY 2010  (16:00 HRS)

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ROFFS OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL AREA

We received some dramatic and clear synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (thank you Ben Holt) that clearly shows that the oil is being pulled into the Loop Current. The first two images are from today and the third and fourth one is from May 12, 2010. I have annotated the imagery so you can see the oil. On the image from May 12, one can also see the tendrils of oil that have moved west and southwest. These images confirm again our water mass- sequential image analysis technique that we have been using. See the analyses from earlier this week on other evidence of this. Obviously the oil has moved further into the Loop Current system than we had seen the last few days using infrared, ocean color and RGB satellite data.

The question now is how fast and how much of this oil will be entrained into the Loop Current. The other critical questions are what is below the slick and what is in the water masses we have been tracking since the original spill? What will we do to stop the impacts of this oil and the other oil moving along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Please give credit to ROFFS and see more of our coverage: http://www.roffs.com/deepwaterhorizon.html

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