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Physical Oceanography
Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
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Gulf of Mexico

Pressure Recording Inverted Echo Sounder (PIES) studies in the Gulf of Mexico

Five measurement programs using PIES have been funded by the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior to study deepwater currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Three PIES were deployed during a pilot program as part of the DeSoto Canyon Eddy Intrusion Study from February to September 2001. Subsequently, PIES arrays have been deployed in the Central (3/03-4/04), Western (10/04-8/05), and Eastern (12/04-1/06) Gulf of Mexico. A new study of the dynamics of the loop current began in 2009. The map below shows the PIES deployment locations in these arrays.

PIES/CM Locations Western Gulf Central Gulf Eastern Gulf Dynloop

Survey of Deepwater Currents in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Field Program: 2004-2006

Principal Investigators:

Kathleen Donohue, University of Rhode Island
D. Randolph Watts, University of Rhode Island
Carol Coomes, Evans-Hamilton, Inc.
Jeff Cox, Evans-Hamilton, Inc.
George Forristall, Forristall Ocean Engineering, Inc.
Peter Hamilton, Science Applications International Corporation
Robert Leben, University of Colorado/CCAR
Steven DiMarco, Texas A&M University

Publications:


Survey of Deepwater Currents in the Western Gulf of Mexico

Field Program: 2004-2005

Principal Investigators:

Kathleen Donohue, University of Rhode Island
D. Randolph Watts, University of Rhode Island
Evans Waddell, Science Applications International Corporation
Peter Hamilton, Science Applications International Corporation
Robert Leben, University of Colorado/CCAR

Publications:


Exploratory Study of Deepwater Currents in the Gulf of Mexico
(Central Gulf of Mexico)

Field Program: 2003-2004

Principal Investigators:

Kathleen Donohue, University of Rhode Island
D. Randolph Watts, University of Rhode Island
Mark Prater, University of Rhode Island
Evans Waddell, Science Applications International Corporation
Peter Hamilton, Science Applications International Corporation
Kevin Leaman, University of Miami
Robert Leben, University of Colorado/CCAR

Publications:

Presentations:


DeSoto Canyon Eddy Intrusion Study

Principal Investigators:

Kathleen Donohue, University of Rhode Island
Evans Waddell, Science Applications International Corporation
Peter Hamilton, Science Applications International Corporation
J.J. Singer, Science Applications International Corporation

Publications:

Data from the DeSoto Canyon Eddy Intrusion Study



MMS Gulf of Mexico website: www.gomr.mms.gov

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