To support the federal response to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Naval Oceanographic Office has deployed sensor systems to monitor surface currents and measure physical properties of the deeper Gulf waters to better analyze the disbursement of the millions of barrels of oil that has poured into the environment. NextGov reports that the instruments support a modeling program in the Gulf, providing information to the national response team’s effort to assess the status and drift of an oil slick now the size of Maryland. They’re used by the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, which provides the Defense Department and other federal agencies a global ocean forecast model that is useful for 72 hours.
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