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CCPO Holding Seminar on Computer Models that Helped Track Oil from BP Well

Ruoying He, an oceanographer with North Carolina State University, will present a seminar at Old Dominion University's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography Monday, Sept. 20, assessing the computer models used to track the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 in Room 3200 of the Innovation Research Park Building 1. A reception with refreshments begins at 3.

"The Gulf of Mexico Circulation, BP Oil Spill and Hurricanes: A Numerical Modeling Perspective," is the title of He's seminar.

In his presentation, a realistic regional ocean model will be used to investigate the Gulf of Mexico circulation and three-dimensional distribution and age of the oil released from the BP well. Modeled ocean states will be gauged against actual observations and measurements in the spill area.

The speaker received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida and worked as an assistant scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 2003 to 2006 before joining N.C. State. His research interests include coastal circulation dynamics, numerical modeling and data assimilation, bio-physical interactions and satellite oceanography.

This article was posted on: September 16, 2010

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