2011 Ultra-Deepwater

Hi-Res Environmental Data for Enhanced UDW Operations Safety

Subcontractor: Fugro Global Environmental and Ocean Sciences, Inc.

Principal Investigator: Grant Stuart
Project Number Project Status
11121-5801-01 Active
RPSEA Project Manager: David Cercone
Participants
Areté Associates; Fugro Geospatial, Inc.; Florida State University CO-APS; WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
February 18, 2014 September 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,690,734.00 $1,042,489.00 $631,338.00
Project Objectives

Ocean currents can pose significant challenges to safe oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). One primary objective of this research program is to better understand the physical mechanisms that cause periods of elevated current velocities. Specifically, the passage of Tropical Revolving Storms (TRS) over areas of relatively higher sea surface temperature (e.g., loop current (LC) or associated eddy (LCE)) may cause elevated currents in the boundary layers of the water column. Two in situ current measurement programs will focus on near bottom and near surface boundary layers and compare them to expert 3-D numerical models. The second primary objective of this program is to develop a technique to survey surface currents in real-time over a large horizontal range of at least 300 km per day.

 

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Presentations
Title: STAGE 1 FINAL PRESENTATION: Bottom Current Measurements and Modeling - 07/16 ( 4.0 MB )
Title: STAGE 3 FINAL PRESENTATION: Real-Time Measurement of Surface Currents - 07/16 ( 909.5 KB )
Title: Hi-Res Environmental Data for Enhanced UDW Operations Safety - 05/14 ( 895.8 KB )
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