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Louisiana-Texas Shelf Physical Oceanography Program
AWARD STATUS: COMPLETED
MMS manages federal mineral resources on the continental shelf. To meet its environmental and managerial responsibilities, the Service needs to understand physical processes and circulation on the shelf and how they may affect the stability of structures and the transport of pollutants. In addition, shelf circulation data can be used in oil spill risk analysis models.
The LATEX Program has three components, with the objectives of studying Mississippi River plume hydrography (LATEX B, administered by Louisiana State University), Gulf of Mexico eddy circulation (LATEX C, by Science Applications International Corporation), and shelf circulation and transport processes. The latter component, LATEX A, is the responsibility of a group directed by Worth Nowlin within the College of Geosciences and Maritime Studies at Texas A&M University. LATEX A is the largest of the three studies; the primary area of observations and analyses encompasses the middle and outer Texas-Louisiana continental shelf, from the Mississippi River to the Rio Grande.
Principal Investigator(s) or Program Chair:
Jochens, Ann E.
Reid, Robert O.
Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Department of Oceanography
Field of Focus:
Circulation, transport, and cross-shelf mixing of the waters on the Texas-Louisiana shelf, and Gulf of Mexico eddy circulation
Study Site: Middle and outer Texas-Louisiana continental shelf, from the Mississippi River to the Rio Grande
Award Period: 1991 - 1997
Home Page: http://gcmd.nasa.gov/KeywordSearch/Supplementals.do?Portal=GCMD&KeywordPath=Projects&EntryId=LATEX&MetadataType=5
Keywords: Eddy circulation, Transport, Shelf, Hydrography
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