01/15/2012 - PNAS publishes article about Deepwater Horizon plumes

Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences has published a paper which establishes that the shape of underwater plumes, released by Deepwater Horizon spill, resembles underwater clouds, not rivers, as it was previously thought. This finding reconciles seemingly incongruent measurements of bacterial activity, seen by other researchers.

Our group has contributed in the analysis of hydromechanics of the Gulf, where study of mesohyperbolic structures of fluid flows from measured data played the central role. Coupling these results with Dave Valentine's insights about bacterial activity explained the motion of hydrocarbones after the oil spill. Paper is, among others, coauthored by Igor Mezic, postdoctoral researcher Sophie Loire, and Stefan Ivic, graduate student at University of Rijeka, who visited the group during summer 2011.

Coverage:

PNAS (abstract and pdf)
UCSB Press Release
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Eurekalert
NSF
UPI
USA TODAY
PHYSORG
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
T-Portal (in Croatian)
Radio Canada (in French)
Znanost.com (in Croatian)