Dispatches E-News: Holy Cow! Complex Ocean Models & Total Solar Eclipse 2017(08/02/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Holy Cow Moments

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Dr. Mandy Joye made numerous dives to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Each trip was filled with wonderment and “holy cow” moments as she witnessed an underwater world teeming with amazing life.

Since 2010, Mandy has made 17 dives and many “holy cow” moments have been replaced by disheartening ones as she observed how the oil killed or crippled sea life.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Kristen Thyng: Complex Ocean Models

Dr. Kristen Thyng is a research professor at Texas A&M University employing a background in physics and math to study transport modeling of oil in the Texas and Louisiana shelf.

She uses complex models based on thousands of field measurements to run what are called “drifters” through possible ocean current scenarios. Essentially, these models let her make a very educated guess where a message in a bottle — or a patch of oil — would end up if you dropped it anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the thin path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse! This path will stretch from west to east, through 14 states, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. Outside of this path, a partial solar eclipse will be visible throughout the rest of North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.

So start planning where you can observe the eclipse. But remember – never look directly at the sun! You need to protect your eyes and regular sunglasses are not good enough. Click here for NASA’s guidelines for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.

Photo courtesy of NASA.

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A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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