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"... Two of the more pressing unsolved questions are how to determine the ecological health of the Gulf of Mexico, and how events in coastal regions connect to deep-ocean processes."
"... 'Modeling is constrained by lack of data,' says MacDonald. 'My objective is to have a data set of surface oil over time where we're totally open about how confident we are, and share this with everyone who is concerned.'"
See the full story by Rachel Berkowitz at Physics Today.
Director Kevin Speer and the DIMES collaboration in the news
"...To complement the tracer data, Kevin Speer, professor of oceanography at Florida State University, deploys floats along the path of the tracer, which provide information about the spreading rates by ocean eddies.
"...[T]he DIMES researchers hope that their data on ocean mixing provide the missing ingredients to ocean climate models, which can then be used to understand past climates, as well as improve projections about the future. "The biggest climate change signal is the change over the past one to three million years," says Speer, "so if you can't get that right, you can't get the future right. And some of that understanding depends on what we find in the DIMES experiment."